Skye McNicol (aged 10) sent us this blog from her recent trip to the British Tumble Gymnastics Championship Finals.
"On Friday 21st September 2018 myself and my family travelled from Glasgow to Birmingham for the British Tumble Championship Finals. I had qualified for this competition after 2 qualifiers and had managed to get into the top 16 elite level tumble gymnasts for age 9/10 girls. There were originally 37 gymnasts with the top 16 getting to Finals.
I trained in the Birmingham arena on Friday night, which went OK. I was really nervous but felt happier getting a try on the track and seeing what the arena was like. On the Saturday I had to be at the arena for 8.30am. I was so nervous and didn’t manage any breakfast. I felt really sick but managed to go into the arena and complete my warm up! Once it was time to go into the main arena we had to line up and the compere shouted everyone’s name and we had to walk through the curtains into the arena through the smoke . It was was so exciting!
Each gymnast competes 2 tumble passes. We were split into 2 groups of 8 girls and I was in Group 1. I was really nervous yet excited at the same time; there were lots of people watching. I completed both my passes; a round off 6 whips full twist and a round off 6 whips straight back. Both runs went really well. I scored really high and was in first place after the first group of 8 with a score of 60.7! I was so happy! After the next 8 girls I was in 3rd place and had qualified to compete in the final day which I really hadn’t expected!
An early start again the next day and again I was really nervous and a bit sick. I hadn’t been feeling good most of Saturday and had been sick a few times! When I got to the arena my idol Kristof Willerton was there. He wished me good luck and said I had done well the day before - I was so happy he even knew who I was!!
In the final each gymnast competes one tumble pass and the score is added to the score from Saturday. I decided to do my full twist pass again as I felt most comfortable with that one. We got announced into the arena like we were at the Olympics through the smoke and the big curtains. I had lots of butterflies in my tummy but remembered my mum said send the butterflies to your feet and it will make you run faster! As I stood on the track waiting for the judges to signal for me to go my heart was beating so fast. I ran so fast and completed my tumble pass. The score took ages to come up on the screen. I scored a huge PB 31.2. I was so happy and knew I then had a medal with 2 gymnasts to go! After the last gymnast finished I looked up and my name was in 2nd place. I had won a silver medal! I am now the first Scottish tumbler to win a medal at elite level tumble at British finals! My coach and my family were so proud and so was I! All my hard work had paid off. It was an amazing feeling!
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