My rhythmic gymnastics story: Part II

Rhythmic gymnastics offered me an artistic channel to harness my intense determination and love for movement. The feeling of nailing a skill or a routine was exhilarating. To finish a routine at competition, knowing that it was the best that I could do, was incomparable. Even through the bad times I was still hooked and…

My rhythmic gymnastics story: Part I

Rhythmic gymnastics is both an individual and group sport involving the use of the apparatus rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Rhythmic gymnasts show superhuman flexibility and strength while combining elements of ballet and gymnastics. We must perform leaps, pivots, balances, throws, masteries and dance sequences and at the same time keep the apparatus in constant…

On retirement from elite sport

"It is often said that a sports star will die twice, the first time at retirement” - Emma Vickers If you have dedicated your whole life to sport, when it’s over it can be traumatic. The retired athlete begins to question - “Who am I without sport?”. Elite athletes often make extreme personal sacrifices in order to…