My athletes have taught me that you can start gymnastics at any age and still be successful even if you have a later start in the sport. I came from the club atmosphere where everybody had been doing gymnastics since they were very young.
When I became a high school athlete, and eventually a coach, I realized quickly that there are high school students that want to learn gymnastics but have had no previous experience.
My athletes have proven me time and time again that even if you have no prior experience, you can still become a successful competitor and represent your school as an athlete. I am amazed at what can be accomplished with hard work and the drive to have a spot on a team. If a student wants something bad enough, they will work their butt off and will learn very quickly.
“Anything is possible and that there is more to being a part of a team than winning or being the best.”
It is amazing that within a three month period of time, a student can go from no gymnastics skills to being a competitive gymnast. My gymnasts have truly proven me that anything is possible and that there is more to being a part of a team than winning or being the best.
My goal has always been to build confidence and to try to improve their individual routines throughout the season. I try to create a positive atmosphere for these kids to have a fun learning experience. It is great to see the smiles on their faces when they learn a new skill or hit their routine. It makes me so proud to see that!
The other main thing I have learned from coaching my athletes is that there is so much more than gymnastics being learned in the gym. There are so many life skills that are being developed while doing sports including hard work, confidence building, discipline, staying mentally tough and teamwork.
I am so proud of my girls and I know I will continue learning my own life lessons while working with them.