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#576 mards

Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:15 PM

oh twin mum - i hope its OK that I shared that on my page?????? - that just sums it up brilliantly!!
My DD has learnt SOOO much throughout the years - she is a caring/determined/loving teammate - who is always looking out for others.....

BLOODY BRILLIANT!

#577 EssentialBludger

Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:29 PM

Twinmum. I read your post on FB yesterday, so awesome. Exactly how I feel.

Elevenyears, I feel a little bit guilty about the coach poaching from the other club, but they don't have a shortage of good coaches. They will definitely survive it. We wouldn't. Talking to DDs coach last night, our owner was getting really worried she was going to have to tell a whole group of girls that she couldn't provide for them anymore.

A clubs future definitely shouldn't rest on one coaches shoulders, but unfortunately ours does at the moment. We are also in the crappy situation of lacking good programs in the area, or anywhere within a reasonable driving distance.

#578 ElevenYears

Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:49 PM

Don't feel at all guilty!  Your gym has to do what it needs to do to keep the program going.

When my daughter was at the gym whose higher levels collapsed, the head coach left for a job that would save her an hour's commute each way.  Even though it was a disaster for the gym, her decision made sense to all of us.  Why wouldn't you take the job near home?

And for me - well I have four gyms within probably a five kilometre radius of our house, so we had options (although I probably won't move her again.  If this current gym collapses (which doesn't seem likely but you never know) then I am done and she can take up netball!


#579 EssentialBludger

Posted 31 January 2016 - 01:02 PM

Lol! I've spent the last week trying to come up with a plan in the event of a collapse, decided becoming a professional tv binge watcher sounds good. :rofl:

#580 twinmumplus1

Posted 31 January 2016 - 01:05 PM

Is this when I confess I've binge watched 8 seasons of scrubs while the gym has been off?  I am the manager, I have a head coach, with a few underneath.  

No issues with sharing at all :)  My little one is the tall one at the front of the line in the RG leo, and the little one excited out of her mind at 4th in her first ever comp!

#581 Fionam2

Posted 10 February 2016 - 12:55 PM

hi all
just catching up as i havent been on here for a little while.

EB - what's the latest ? your poor DD and her team mate.  my DD was in a similar position jsut before xmas last year.  we ended up moving gyms.  the closest gym was an hour away in traffic.

DD has her first competition next weekend, she is very nervous already, which is so not like DD.  it hasnt been an ideal preparation with changing gyms and then the new coach changing the routines.
im keeping fingers crossed that all goes well for her.

#582 EssentialBludger

Posted 11 February 2016 - 09:53 AM

Latest update, not great but probably the better than being deported. Coach has a sponsorship 2 hours away. She won't be our coach anymore but she will still be "around". Her long term plan is our gym so she's doing everything possible to still be there for the girls. They are all still very upset, but dealing with it like troopers. We poached the coach from the other gym. :blush: She seems really nice and seems to know her stuff, so hopefully they have a good year. First comp is in about 4 weeks, and they are all obviously a bit out of sorts, so we will see how it goes.

Good luck to your DD for her first comp!

#583 Fionam2

Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:30 PM

happy to hear that the coach is still around and that you DD has got a coach adn can stay at the same club.

#584 Unatheowl

Posted 11 February 2016 - 05:07 PM

That's a lot of drama going on!  We have had 2 coach changes over the last year for DD as their usual coach was injured.  Our gym, which is super at communication, never told us we were just surprised on the day by a new coach.  A lot less of an impact on us though because DD is only in level 1 :)  She doesn't seem to mind.

She has a few more hours this year and she is in Year 1 (and young for year 1 - she's only 5).  Its a LOT of work for her and I don't think she is coping well.  I think one of the other girls is going to withdraw from the squad which is really sad.  Its really hard on them at this age training from 4:30 to 7:30pm and then waking up for school.  I hope this doesn't end badly :(

On a lighter note, our club seems to have won the club of the year for NSW.  Which is nice, but has little to do with us at this stage :)

#585 ElevenYears

Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:58 PM

EB that is great news about the coach.  Hope things settle in time to get things comp ready!  

Gosh the higher levels start competing early.  My daughter's first comp this year isn't until August, although she may not compete at all this year (as she is training level four but won't be ready to compete it, but doesn't necessarily want to compete three again as she has been there done that.)

Una could your daughter finish early until she has settled into her school routine?   I had a young year one last year, and for the entire first semester I took her home half an hour early on week nights.

In fact I have already taken her home early a couple of times this term too, as she is just shattered from school and the effort of getting accustomed to a new teacher and making new friends, and she is finally losing her first few teeth and the pain of that is keeping her up at night too.  I want gym to be a place for her to chill rather than another thing she has to plough through, so at this time of year I pull her out before it becomes an endurance test.

The gym don't mind.  They know how young she is and why I am doing it.

Edited by ElevenYears, 11 February 2016 - 08:59 PM.


#586 EssentialBludger

Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:01 AM

So DD finally nailed her bar routine this week! It's been such a struggle, we really thought it wasn't going to be comp ready. She hadn't been able to connect her clear hip-kip-pike on, and this week it just clicked and she did it like a pro! And straight arms on all 3 kips! Now she just has some cast angles to work on, but at least there's not extra casts! I'm so proud!!!

#587 Fionam2

Posted 22 February 2016 - 12:53 PM

glad to hear the gym kids are going well.


DD had her first competition on the weekend and was so nervous, she wouldnt even let her nan come to watch.  Her first routine was terrible and she event slipped over at the end and landed heavily on the floor.  Thankfully after a little while she got up.  My heart melted for her.  she got a massive carpet burn on her elbow and that was through the leotard and bruised her stomach from the land.

But to her credit she pulled herself together and came out and smashed the next routine and the next 2 routines were pretty good too.
I was so proud of how she conducted herfself and even judges were coming up to her after the event to congratulate her on her come back.

she ended up coming 2nd overall and has qualified for state.  to her surprise she only just missed the national qualifier by 2 points.
she has a few things to work on before the next competition in 3 weeks but this has given her confidence (well except the first routine, which she is asking the coach to change).

#588 EssentialBludger

Posted 23 February 2016 - 08:35 AM

Well done to your DD Fiona!!! 2nd overall is amazing!

#589 Fionam2

Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:33 PM

thanks EB

#590 EssentialBludger

Posted 28 February 2016 - 11:05 AM

So it's 3 weeks until first comp and we still don't have an event schedule. How early do you guys over east get yours? I'm having a b*st*rd of a time trying to organise a baby sitter for DS. "Hey xxx, and chance you could have DS for me on either the 18th, 19th or 20th of March?" "Umm, sure, which one, so I can work around it?" "I don't know....".

We work our L6+ comps a little differently than 5 and under, with a 2 hour warm up before competition, so it's a long day to take him with me! He was a nightmare at comps last year, I can't make him sit there for an extra 2 hours!

Arrgghh! Getting peeved!

Edited by EssentialBludger, 28 February 2016 - 11:08 AM.


#591 Tatts

Posted 28 February 2016 - 11:41 AM

View PostEssentialBludger, on 28 February 2016 - 11:05 AM, said:

So it's 3 weeks until first comp and we still don't have an event schedule. How early do you guys over east get yours? I'm having a b*st*rd of a time trying to organise a baby sitter for DS. "Hey xxx, and chance you could have DS for me on either the 18th, 19th or 20th of March?" "Umm, sure, which one, so I can work around it?" "I don't know....".


I find this outrageous too. I get that people need to sign up and then the club determines the best times, but family life needs fine juggling and clubs seem to disregard this need and too me it is the height of arrogance that comes with gymnastics needing to be the be all and end all of commitment. I appreciate that my DS has to be committed and that as a child I need t be prepared to help make that happen, but he is not my only child or commitment in my life. Sorry for the vent.

#592 EssentialBludger

Posted 29 February 2016 - 09:48 AM

I totally agree winterdreaming. I don't need an exact time, just a freakin date would be nice! I can't really remember last year, but I'm sure we had schedules earlier than this. I just emailed gym wa to ask what's going on.

I'm seriously starting to have a panic attack about having to take DS.

#593 EssentialBludger

Posted 03 March 2016 - 08:56 AM

Two weeks to go tomorrow and still no schedule. I'm so annoyed. This is why I can't organise my life! :p

Aside from that, I'm a bit worried about comps now! I watched a bit of training last night (I never watch) and I don't know if DD was having a very bad day or if it was a usual day! Was totally shocked, hope she was just tired!

#594 mards

Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:19 PM

yes gymnastics scheduling is the WORST! - yes the East is just as bas as the West - EB I'm sure she will be fine - just think of me having to suffer through another year of watching L5!!

Oh well let us know when you get your dates.

#595 EssentialBludger

Posted 06 March 2016 - 10:59 PM

12 days to go and we finally got a date...but no time! No idea which session she's in! Pretty pathetic imo, comps take so much organisation for most families, it's a long day and I imagine a lot of people would need to organise babysitters for younger siblings. Argh!

At least your DD will be rocking level 5 this year mards! Im really worries about 6! DDs coach mentioned to me today that's she's lost her mojo :( she had a great private lesson today and works well one on one, but gets really discouraged trying to keep up with the others :(

#596 mards

Posted 07 March 2016 - 06:33 AM

Is she still enjoying it EB? we have had about 4 drop out this year - due to a few reasons. - mainly they don't really have the drive to keep it going? they have all been 12plus year olds.

we will see about DD  - this may be the last year as financially its getting a bit out of control here - i am between jobs eek!

#597 twinmumplus1

Posted 07 March 2016 - 07:24 AM

No comps here for a while, but I hear you about organisation - seems to be Australia wide!

All the best to the comping girls :)

Well done to your DD Fionam2!

#598 EssentialBludger

Posted 07 March 2016 - 09:31 AM

Yes she seems to be still enjoying it. She hasn't outright said she's had enough and is always happy to go to training. Just doesn't seem to put a lot of effort in when she's there. She has had a growth spurt lately, and her body is changing (omg I'm not ready for this), plus has a new group of friends at school who don't have a 16 hours a week commitment and have a lot of free time! I am preparing that it may be the end for her after this season.

#599 mards

Posted 07 March 2016 - 09:37 AM

Yes EB = is she in year 6/7? it seems to be the age - my DD in year 5 so yet to HIT that age yet - but i completely understand where you are coming from!

#600 EssentialBludger

Posted 07 March 2016 - 10:07 AM

Yep she's 11 in year 6. High school next year! Argh! Time will tell I guess!




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