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Prizegiving 2012 Captains Speech

2012 has been a rollercoaster ride of a year with many ups and downs.

From the Olympics to earthquakes, overseas trips to injuries, one thing

we can safely say is that 2012 was definitely a memorable year.

We plunged right into the start of year with many of us training hard over

the summer, determined to compete well overseas with many

representing New Zealand in Hawaii, America and Australia.

This was an impressive start to the competition season - you’ll hear

individual results during prize giving tonight. The 2012 competition

season was well represented by CSG gymnasts travelling all around New

Zealand – Auckland, Blenheim, Dunedin, Timaru, and fortunately CSG was

able to host the Classic and Canterbury champs despite all the

earthquake disruptions. 

We’re all proud of the gymnasts and appreciate all the hard work the parents, volunteers, staff and coaches have put in to make the year run smoothly. Thank you all very much from all of us gymnasts. ​

Nationals was a great success this year, with 60 artistic gymnasts and 14 trampolinists from CSG representing Canterbury. I’m sure there were many friendships formed and I hope everyone’s had a good experience with memories they can look back on.

Gymnastics is a very rewarding sport, both physically and mentally. Through the progressive learning of skills, we come to learn of dedication and the importance of perseverance. So as gymnasts, we gain important life skills along with the experiences of trips away and the achievements that stem from our years of hard work.

Unfortunately, it seems that most good things have a downside to them, and gymnastics is no exception. 2012 has not only been an exciting year of achievements; it has also been a year of injuries.Injuries seem to have been prevalent in our senior gymnasts this year. I’ve had more than my fair share of them, and dare I mention the fact that Jozsi, Aaron, Becky, Millie and I were all on crutches within the same two weeks this year? 

As inconvenient and hindering injuries are, we should see them as steps to climb toward our goals. We can take our injuries as opportunities to build our mental strength and to prepare ourselves physically so that when we get back into skills we are able to do them better than before. 

Gymnastics is not all about winning, or about injuries, it’s about doing your best, and it’s about managing the ups and downs that come your way. Even if you fall down face first, you’ve still moved forwards! 

Throughout the year we have welcomed many coaches to our club – Jeff from Utah, Tracey from the UK and Jacey from USA. They have been a great help to us! Sadly, we also have had to farewell Hannah and Bede from our gym. Hannah has coached WAG here at CSG for over nine years and moved to the North Island with her family, so we will miss her very much. Bede also has been an important part of our club, having run recreation and gymsports for 10 years. 

We have also had to say goodbye to the few senior and intermediate gymnasts who have retired – Jordan Russell, after 10 years of competing; Natasha Boon; Caitlin Petersen; Keely Woolman-Smith and Roisin Cassidy. Hopefully we’ll still see them round the gym!

As well as saying goodbye to club members, we have also had to say goodbye to QEII as it is slowly being demolished. Even though the earthquakes were last year, we are still feeling the repercussions of them, maybe even more than before. This year we have had to struggle for space to train, avoid a myriad of roadworks and demolition sites, all while having to deal with the many uncertainties the earthquakes have brought about.

If there’s one thing you can take from me today, it can be this: Life throws unexpected challenges at us – we can’t control them, but one thing we can control is our attitude. Work hard and remember “Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” So bring on an awesome 2013 and I wish everyone the best of luck!

Waverly Gee - Club Captain 2012