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…

Cashing in on your closet

A few months ago the unthinkable happened and I ended up hospitalised in Barcelona. Cue insurance nightmares! Cue $0.00 in my bank account! I quit elite gymnastics nearly 9 months ago so I probably shouldn't still be parading around in activewear head to toe like I'm about to exercise. Snort. When was the last time that…

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…