In my last post I mentioned that Miss A participated in her very first gymnastics meet last weekend. She was beyond excited about it and couldn’t wait to show off her routines that she had worked so hard to perfect. Just a couple weeks before that she had the chance to have a ‘practice meet’ within her own gym. This was a way for the girls to get a feel for what the real meet would be like. There were real judges there and everything.
Neither Anthony or I were able to stay and watch the practice meet because there was too much going on. Miss K and I made it for the last two events. We saw Miss A do her floor routine and then move on to the beam. She did great. At the end they gave the girls their score sheets and wouldn’t you know it… Miss A scored highest on vault and got the all-around high score also. 35.2
It was called a practice meet but it had value as well. The girls have to score a 32 or above in three intra-squad meets in order to compete the rest of the season. I’m still confused as to whether it’s 32 at each one or if it’s an average of 32. In any case, I think she rocked it and couldn’t have done a better job.
The real meet was a bit more nerve wracking for her. More gyms, more girls, more judges, more audience.
It was so fun to see her! My cousin watched the boys for us and we took the baby and the girls to the meet. Miss A just looked like she was in her element. She really is happiest when she is doing what she loves. Right now, that means gymnastics.
Each girl at the meet did the same routines… which means the same music for floor over, and over, and over, and over, and over…. (fun stuff! ;) ). Being that Miss A is only a level 3 right now her routines were the simplest. The most complex things girls at her level do on the floor is a round off back handspring. On bars they do a chin up pullover and a back hip circle. She did great on every event although everyone thought she should have scored higher on her floor routine. The judges were pretty harsh this time around. But she still managed to score a 34 – ish. I can’t remember the exact score. 34.something.
They divided them into both Level and age. She was in the Level 3 ages 10 and up category. When all was said and done, she placed 2 on vault, 4th on beam, 4th on floor, and 4th all-around.
The very next evening they had a recital for the Beginner – Level 3. I know I said that Miss A is level 3 but it’s different. She is Competition Level 3. Miss H is Level 3… not competition… yet. Does that make sense?
And so, Miss H got to strut her stuff. Unfortunately, there is only a picture of her warming up because I video recorded the events.
And boy, she did a great job! There were no judges so she didn’t get placement medals but she did get a participation medal. Miss A got to help give the medals and she tried so hard to be in the right place to give H her medal but missed her by 2 spots. Darn it!! But that’s ok, my favorite moment came at the very end. When it was all over…
Confession… this one is posed. I missed the ‘real’ hug so I made them do it again for a picture. How was I supposed to know Miss A would find it in herself to give Miss H a much deserved hug? That’s the sort of thing she usually reserves for her friends. No matter how hard I try to get her to recognize the need Miss H has for a hug. Melted my heart!