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Learn more about me and gymnastics
Date: 1/4/2012
Hi everyone

I was really pleased to be asked to be involved with the Yougo4it website as it is a great resource for teenagers with lots of health information. Make sure you watch my podcast so you can learn a little bit more about me and what I do.

In this first blog I am going to talk about gymnastics and my training and then over the coming months you can read how my training is going in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I am currently 20 years old and have been doing gymnastics since I was 7. Before trying gymnastics I did ballet, tap and stage dance but found that it wasn't for me. My best friend went to gymnastics and talked about it so I wanted to give it a try. Bigwood School of Gymnastics was where it all began and I was a member of that club for two years. It started with just a session on a Saturday morning but soon I was going three times as week. In my first regional competition I came third so at the age of 9 I moved to Notts Gym Club.

I concentrate on the vault, bar, beam and floor. My aim for this year is to be selected for the Olympic Games and to do my best if I am selected. I have had a difficult few years with injuries and so just to be there will be an amazing opportunity for me. In 2008 I was lucky enough to compete in the Beijing Olympic Games and it was an experience I will never forget. To compete in front of a home crowd will make the experience even better.

At the moment I train five or six days week, either once or twice a day. Each session lasts around three hours and I focus on different things at each training session.
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friends just doing normal activities. With competing I am away from them quite a lot so appreciate the time I have with them.

In my next blog you can read how my competitions have been going over the last few months as I aim to start competing to full capacity again after a long-term injury.

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