It's been one year since I started at Spectrum, and what a year it has been! It's flown by so fast and I can't believe that I've been graduated from college, retired from gymnastics, and coaching for a year. I've learned so much and met a lot of great people, and I'm excited to see what the upcoming season has in store (new compulsory routines!)
As a gymnastics coach, I know that my job is not limited to the instruction of gymnastics. I know that I am a mentor, a role model, a psychologist, a nurse, someone to vent to, a shoulder to lean on, a voice of reason, and of course, as the SGA competitive team will attest, an English teacher. For these (and many other) reasons, I take my job very seriously, and I know that my role as a coach will impact the child's life in many ways, particularly as they grow and progress through their gymnastics. My whole mantra has always been that if I can make a positive difference in just one kid's life; if I can get just one kid to look back on her gymnastics experience and say to herself, "wow, I really loved and respected my coach because she always believed in me," then I can say that I've done my job.
Not everyone has a job that they're passionate about. I may have hung up my leotards for good, but I'm not ready to give up gymnastics, my one true passion in life. I am so lucky and grateful that I get to live my passion every day (and get paid for it!). I get to say that I help inspire kids every day to love the sport that has enriched my life in numerous ways and shaped the person I am today. Gymnastics was everything to me growing up, and now I get to pay it forward.
I also want to give a special shoutout to Miss Diane, who has been an invaluable mentor to me as I navigate my way through the judging world. I truly believe that I could not have passed my tests without her help! I am so happy that I decided to become a gymnastics judge, and I am lucky that I had such a wonderful mentor to help me. I will be forever grateful for her experience and guidance, and I owe a lot of my success in judging to her. Thank you Diane!
Lastly, I want to thank the coaches, gymnasts, and parents at Spectrum, who have been so welcoming and receptive of me. I know that getting a new coach is not an easy thing to adjust to, but the team gymnasts were incredibly receptive and open-minded to me and my coaching style. It certainly made the transition from full-time college student to full-time coach much easier! Team parents: a gymnastics team coach spends almost as much time with your children as you do, so thank you for being so welcoming and open to me! It really means a lot.
All Star Week: June 17-22
All Star Week is the equivalent to our annual gym show, in which all of our students have the chance to show off all they've learned this year! Parents and family are invited to come and watch (seating will be available IN the gym), take pictures, and our students earn a trophy for all their hard work. Click here for the All-Star Week Schedule so you can see what day/time your child will be performing!
Summer is right around the corner!
Last week when we experienced that heat wave, it got REALLY hot in the gym! Our lobby is air-conditioned, however, the actual gym is not. Though we can open the side doors and we have a few big fans, it gets very hot in the gym and in heat waves like we had last week, temperatures in the gym were in the low 90's! As the weather gets warmer, PLEASE remember to send your child to gymnastics with a drink. Gymnastics is a cardiovascular activity and I cannot emphasize the importance of proper hydration. If you happen to forget, we have a vending machine in the lobby with water and sports drinks.
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!