has been a rollercoaster ride of a year with many ups and downs.
the Olympics to earthquakes, overseas trips to injuries, one thing
can safely say is that 2012 was definitely a memorable year.
plunged right into the start of year with many of us training hard over
summer, determined to compete well overseas with many
representing New Zealand in Hawaii, America and
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
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
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
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!
- Club Captain 2012