Everyone at Springfit would love to congratulate 9 year old Amelie Fobbester-Balk on being awarded the Fay Greene for effort in 2016.

One individual from any of our 35 gymnastics classes (over 600 gymnasts!) can be chosen and it is based on who has shown the most overall progress in the last year. All 5 head coaches at the club discussed and deliberated who deserved the recognition, considering levels of dedication, achievement, competition, attitude and performance among other important skills taught in this hugely beneficial sport.

A surprised but happy Amelie with her trophy!
A surprised but happy Amelie with her trophy!

The trophy was presented to the club back in 1998 by the parents of Fay Greene; a talented gymnast who was so enthusiastic about the sport that her family wanted her passion to live on through the club after Fay’s tragic death at an early age.

It is such a special moment and it was a complete surprise to Amelie but we told her Mum before the class so she was in on the secret!

Proud Head Coach Plamen who coaches Amelie on Saturdays at Oakwood Sports Centre awarded her the trophy at the end of class and had this to say “She never shy’s away from any challenge that we give the gymnasts during the classes, she also has an amazing attitude that she shows every single class, and because of those two, and many more good qualities such as persistence, dedication and positiveness she has improved in leaps and bounds.  She continually shows lots of improvement and picks skills up very quickly, listening to everything coaches teach in class. She participated the floor and vault competition and did very well too.”

Amelie has been training with us since 2013 and started competing in 2014 in our various gymnastics competitions. Amelie joins a lot of great names  already engraved on it from Georgie Donovan to Katie Pidgeon and many who have gone on to train for many hours at a high level. 

We are pleased to announce the 12 year old Katie Vaughan from Horley has been awarded Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline Club’s Elite Trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout the last year.

The trophy rewards effort in improving flexibility, strength, attitude and performance in gymnastics.
Katie has begun competing in regular competitions for the club including taking Bronze in the Floor and Vault Competition in November and Gold on the Beam in the July Competition) and she has shown a determination in her attitude towards training sessions that her coaches really admire.

Katie Vaughan Elite
Katie looking very happy with her trophy!

 Head Coach Plamen has this to say – “Katie thoroughly deserves this award because of her overall performance in class and her attitude has always been very good.”

In both the Elite Class and her Advanced Gymnastics class at Oakwood Sports Centre, Katie works hard individually to improve her own ability level and her self-motivation is evident to other members of the Elite gymnastics class. Fellow Head Coach Georgie had this to say of Kate – ” She always has been great and has sustained her extremely high level of performance and dedication for the last year.”

Even though a quiet member of our classes , Katie clearly enjoys her gymnastics and this a good reason why she continues to just get better and better! She puts 100% into every aspect of her training and the results speak for themselves.

This special class is not advertised by Springfit but provides further hours of training to members through a personal invitation by the Head Coach of the several advanced classes at the club as a means to provide further training in the more difficult skills children can learn.

Everyone at Springfit would like to CONGRATULATE Katie again – keep up the good work!

As the Club is growing so much – we have to create two separate posts for our Hall of Fame for our Gymnastics and Trampoline Class Progress Medal winners.

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made, and sometimes enjoy a group performance choreographed by the coach (in gymnastics) as well as individually showcase their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one gymnast whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen gymnast was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the gymnasts pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

Gymnastics

ozzy-dackcombeCopthorne Monday 3.30pm -Ozzy Dackombe
maisie-tyrellCopthorne Monday 4.30pm -Maisie Tyrrell
Copthorne Monday 5.30pm – Lola Ryan
harriet-jones-stb-mon-g-1800 St Bede’s Monday 6.00pm – Harriet Jones
St Bede’s Monday 6.30pm –  Amelie Daly (Freestyle)
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sophie-bellew-stb-mon-g-1900-8yrs Bede’s Monday 7.00pm – Sophie Bellow
St Bede’s Monday 8.00pm – Sophie Swain (Freestyle)
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sienna-tester Copthorne Tuesday 3.30pm – Sienna Tester
megan-carroll Copthorne Tuesday 4.30pm – Megan Carroll
phoebe-winCopthorne Tuesday 5.30pm – Phoebe Win
florie-waters-jub-tue-g-1600Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Florrie Waters
leila-greasley-jub-tue-g-1700-7yrsJubilee Tuesday 5pm – Leila Greasly
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Jasmine Cooper
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Olivia Gleason James
St Bedes Wednesday (Boys) 6pm – Daniel Ryan
St Bedes Wednesday (Adult) 7pm – Harriet Johns
Oakwood Wednesday (Youth) 6.30pm  – Hollie Chamberlain
Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 7.30pm  – Christopher Miles
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Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 8.30pm  – Tom Saunders
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Oakwood Thursday (Boys) 5pm -Alexandros Woolston
sammy2Oakwood Thursday (Elite) 6pm – Sammy Scott-Browne
Oakwood Thursday (GymFit) 8pm – Jo Dunbar
amber-daly Oakwood Friday 5pm – Amber Daly
Oakwood Friday 6pm – Charlie Markey
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 Oakwood Friday 7pm – Melissa Fox
emily-hemsley-ori-fri-g-1730-7yrsOriel Friday 5.30pm -Emily Hemsley
lauren-frankland-ori-fri-g-1830-8yrsOriel Friday 6.30pm – Lauren Franklin
Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Logan Candler
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Oakwood Saturday 11am – Emily Mungham
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Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Isabel Ball
ella-kola-oak-sat-g-1300-13yrsOakwood Saturday 1pm – Ella Kola
amber-barnes-ori-sat-g-1100-5yrsOriel Saturday 11am – Amber Barnes
chloe-dean-ori-sat-g-1200-7yrsOriel Saturday 12pm – Chloe Dean
Oakwood Sunday 11am – Amy Webster

As the Club is growing so much – we have to create two separate posts for our Hall of Fame for our Gymnastics and Trampoline Class Progress Medal winners this time!!!

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made by individually showcasing their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one trampolinist whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class – this is particularly important in trampolining where everyone should be ‘spotting’ for the other trampolinists – as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen trampolinists was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the trampolinists pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

                                                                                 Trampolining                                                                                                         

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St Bedes Monday  6pm – 
Catherine Foster
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St Bedes Monday 6.30pm – Lily Starkie
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St Bede’s Monday 7pm – 
Sophie Burstow
kieran-hart-stb-mon-t-1930-13yrsSt Bede’s Monday 7.30pm – Kieran Hart
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St Bede’s Monday 8.30pm – Jamie King
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Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Molly Neave
Jubilee Tuesday 5pm – Winner
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Heidi Wickington
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Joe Cherriman
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St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm  – Eve Adie
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St Bede’s Wednesday 7pm – 
Elise Alleyne
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Oakwood Wednesday 6.30pm – Chloe Platt
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Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm – Oscar Staples
Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm – Poppy Donovan
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Oakwood Thursday 4.45pm – Florence Collin 
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Oakwood Thursday 5.45pm  – Henry Pattemore
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Oakwood Thursday 6.45pm – 
Emma Burridge

Oakwood Friday 5pm – Beau Waller
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Oakwood Friday 6pm – Emily Morris-Jupp
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Oakwood Friday 7pm – Emma McDonald

Oriel Friday 5.30pm – TBC

Oriel Friday 6.30pm  – TBC

Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Becky Gould
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Oakwood Saturday 11am – Abigail Cooper
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Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Jacob Budd
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Oakwood Saturday 1pm – Nina Cronin
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Oriel 
Saturday 11am – 
Mia Bryant
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Oriel Saturday 12pm –  
Freya Hanies
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Oakwood Sunday 11am – Zabi Bharmal
(Photo to follow)

During 2016 our Head Coaches and Management Team have been busy behind the scenes working on our own Proficiency Awards scheme and we are happy to announce that it is now being used in all of our classes to assess progress.

Beautiful New Awards ready to be given out!
Beautiful New Awards ready to be given out!

We developed our own system with 15 levels rather than the previous awards systems 10 levels. Now members can achieve their next badge on a more regular basis, we had had feedback that some children were becoming disheartened after passing one badge it could take what seems like a long time before they had achieved all the necessary skills for the next level. We believe that this will help to keep the children motivated and our coaches also love to be award to recognise the achievement of the children (or adults!) within the class! Go to our Awards Page – www.springfit.org/awards  to see the new Awards Structure.

As you know you can now monitor progress via our Home Portal –http://springfit.courseprogress.co.uk – if you have not yet registered then do so now! More information on how to register can be found here – HOME PORTAL.

We said that there was going to be some new and interesting changes in 2016 and the first phase has been implemented as you may have noticed!

We’ve gone high-tech! You have probably seen your coaches have a tablet with them  – this allows them to take the register and make regular assessments on your child’s development towards their Badge Awards  and all of this information is automatically fed back straight to the office and means no more bits of paper, filling in forms, or digging around for an envelope!

pexels-photo-129208-mediumMore importantly it means you can now see exactly what your child is working on, and how they are progressing towards their Badge Awards. To do this please register your Home Portal account. Visit http://springfit.courseprogress.co.uk and sign up using the full member number which is your four-digit unique identifier with “1000” before it. Ie “10006556” for member 6556. We hope it proves to be a useful and interesting tool and you can do it from your phone, tablet or PC!

 

Look out for our email notifications of your child passing a badge, or when your subscription payment is due, and simply pay online. Your child will still receive their certificate and badge as usual in class. Let us know if something doesn’t look right as we bed the system in.

Watch this space for more information about our New Awards as well…. a sneak preview will be coming soon!

From 2016 we decided to run our parent sit in and progress medals sessions for both our gymnastics and trampoline classes during the same week. It means a busy week for our coaches and members but it is a great way for parents to see their children perform in class.

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made, and sometimes enjoy a group performance choreographed by the coach (in gymnastics) as well as individually showcase their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one gymnast or trampolinists whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class – this is particularly important in trampolining where everyone should be ‘spotting’ for the other trampolinists – as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen gymnast or trampolinist was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the gymnasts and trampolinists pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

                    Trampolining                                                                                                             Gymnastics

Jack Davie STB MON T 1800 6yoSt Bedes Monday 6pm – Jack Davie
Thomas Moon STB MON T 1830 10yoSt Bedes Monday 6.30pm – Thomas Moon
Susannah Hobbs STB MON T 1900 11yoSt Bede’s Monday 7pm – Susannah Hobbs
St Bede’s Monday 7.30pm – N/A
Sophie Rowlands STB MON T 2030 27yoSt Bede’s Monday 8.30pm – Sophie Rowlands
Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Maja Ciesielska 
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Jubilee Tuesday 5pm – Lara Paisey 
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Amy Thomas 
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Abby Wood 
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St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm  – Luca Ferma 
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Stella Rixon STB Wednesday 7pmSt Bede’s Wednesday 7pm – Stella Rixon
Emily Isherwood OAK WED T 1830 9yoOakwood Wednesday 6.30pm – Emily Isherwood
Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm – Jessica Miles (No Photo)
Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm – Catherine Bolton (No Photo)
Kenzie McKinnon OAK THUR T 1645 10yoOakwood Thursday 4.45pm – Kenzie McKinnon
Miles Greasley OAK THUR T 1745 7yoOakwood Thursday 5.45pm  – Miles Greasley
Emily Morigeon OAK THUR T 1845 14yoOakwood Thursday 6.45pm – Emily Morigeon
Melodie Motshweni OAK FRI T 1700 5yoOakwood Friday 5pm – Melodie Motshweni  
Noah Conlon OAK FRI T 1800 7yoOakwood Friday 6pm – Noah Conlon
IMG_4029Oakwood Friday 7pm – Isobel Murphy 
Ella Tresham ORI FRI T 1730 11yoOriel Friday 5.30pm – Ella Tresham
Sophia Wiid ORI FRI T 1830 11yoOriel Friday 6.30pm  – Sophia Wiid
Freddie Sharples ORI FRI T 1930 15yoOriel Friday 7.30pm – Freddie Sharples
Shaye Chubb OAK SAT T 1100 6yoOakwood Saturday 11am – Shaye Chubb
Jacob Budd OAK SAT T 1200Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Jacob Budd
Oakwood Saturday 1pm – David Lowe 
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Hazel Bennett ORI SAT T 1100 5yoOriel Saturday 11am – Hazel Bennett 
Leighton Smith ORI SAT T 1200 6yoOriel Saturday 12pm – Leighton Smith 
Oakwood Sunday 11am – Eva Zielke 
(Photo to follow)
6pm Elissia Reynolds STB MON GymSt Bedes Monday 6pm – Elissia Reynolds
St Bedes Monday 6.30pm (Freestyle) – N/A
7pm Niamh Graham STB MON 7pmSt Bede’s Monday 7pm – Niamh Graham
Elliott Chambers STB MON FG 2000 13yoSt Bede’s Monday 8.00pm (Freestyle) – Elliott Chambers
Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Jennifer Moore (Photo to follow)
Tia Chapman JUB TUE G 1700Jubilee Tuesday 5pm  – Tia Chapman
Georgia Brown JUB TUE G 1700 7yoJubilee Tuesday 6pm – Georgia Brown
Evie Slack JUB TUE G 1900 10yoJubilee Tuesday 7pm – Evie Slack 
Ewan Price STB WED T 1800 8yo St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm (Boys) – Ewan Price
Miriam Matata STB WED T 1900 10yoSt Bede’s Wednesday 7pm (Adults) – Miriam Matata
 
Abi Newton OAK WED G 1830 13yo
Oakwood Wednesday 6.30pm (Youth) – Abi Newton 
Oscar_Isaac Blake OAK WED G 1930 8+6yo Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm (Freestyle) – Oscar & Isaac Blake
Matthew Taylor Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm (Freestyle) – Matthew Taylor (Photo to follow)
Freddie Love OAK THUR G 1700 3yoOakwood Thursday 5.00pm – Freddie Love
Oakwood Thursday 6.00pm – Sophie Moss  (Photo to follow)
Evan Eggleton OAK FRI G 1700 5yoOakwood Friday 5pm – Evan Eggleton
Eloise Saunders OAK FRI G 1800 7yoOakwood Friday 6pm – Eloise Saunders
Oakwood Friday 7pm – Mollie Lamy (photo to follow)
Thea Pulfer ORI FRI G 1730 4yoOriel Friday 5.30pm – Thea Pulfer
Keira Frankland ORI FRI G 1830 10yoOriel Friday 6.30pm – Kiera Frankland
image-1Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Joe Watkins 

Isla Willams OAK SAT G 1100 6yoOakwood Saturday 11am – Isla Williams
Daisy King OAK SAT G 1200 10yoOakwood Saturday 12pm – Daisy King
Ameilie FobberterBalkOakwood Saturday 1pm – Ameilie Fobbester-Balk
Elsie Tidy ORI SAT G 1100 7yoOriel Saturday 11am  – Elsie Tidy
Robyn Lewis ORI SAT G 1200 7yoOriel Saturday 12pm – Robyn Lewis
Daisy Anderson OAK SUN G 1100 6yoOakwood Sunday 11am – Daisy Anderson

 

Thirteen year old Abbie James has been awarded Springfit’s Elite Trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout 2015.  The trophy rewards effort in improving flexibility, strength, attitude and performance in gymnastics.

Abbie Jamie - Elite Class Trophy Winner
Abbie Jamie – Elite Class Trophy Winner

Abbie was pleasantly surprised but happy as she has been working hard in her Thursday and Saturday classes in Horley, showing a determined attitude towards her training that has seen her achieve many new skills as well continuing to improve her existing ones. Her coaches still believe her to be “a fantastic role model for all gymnasts in her determination and enjoyment of the sport” as she was  4 years ago when Abbie was awarded the coveted “Fay Greene Award for Progress in Gymnastics”. That award also came as a pleasant surprise to Abbie who has been with the club since December 2010 and had no gymnastics background before then. She had progressed from an improvers class to advanced quickly and was then invited into Springfit’s “Elite squad” at their Oakwood Sports Centre training venue within a year of joining us.

Abbie is pictured here receiving the trophy in front of her peers in the Thursday Elite Gymnastics class at Springfit.

Everyone at Springfit would like to congratulate Chloe Forward who was the Springfit 2015 Winner of the
“Fay Greene Award for Progress in Gymnastics”

Chloe Forward
Fay Greene Trophy Winner 7 year old Chloe Forward.

The trophy is presented annually  to the gymnast who, in the opinion of the coaches, has made the most progress in the previous 12 months. All Head Coaches at the club decide who deserves the recognition, considering levels of dedication, achievement, competition, attitude and performance amongst other important skills taught in this hugely beneficial sport.

Worthy winner Seven year old Chloe trains with us at our Oriel High School training location on a Friday and Saturday. She has been training with us for two years and had no previous gymnastics experience when she joined us. As her confidence has improved Chloe has started to take part in competitions starting with the Trampette Competition last July. Achieving a silver medal in a very talented group of youngster competing in the club’s Floor and Vault Invitational Competition held at Oakwood Sports Centre in November 2015 certainly helped her stand out as well. 

All the Coaches agree Chloe is doing really well and her love of gymnastics really shines through in her class and competition work. Chloe gets to keep the trophy until the winner for 2016 is decided next January.

The trophy was presented to the club back in 1998 by the parents of Fay Greene; a talented gymnast who was so enthusiastic about the sport that her family wanted her passion to live on through the club after Fay’s tragic death at an early age.

We are sure that Chloe will continue to improve and has her sights on retaining the trophy for another year!

When most people think of gymnastics classes, they think of children but here at Springfit we run classes for adults as well! We have mentioned before that gymnastics has numerous health benefits for those young and ‘old’! 

If you follow us on Facebook or visit our website, you will know that twice a year we hand out progress medals to students in our classes to reward them for the hard work, determination and effort that they put into the classes. Again you may think these are just for the children? Wrong!!!  We believe that everyone deserve the chance to be recognised for their hard work and so we also hand these medals out in our adult classes.

Kathy trains with us on a Wednesday at our St Bedes location and she earned herself a well deserved Progress Medal in our last round of Gymnastics Progress Medals back in late October 2015.  We put a few questions to her about why she does gymnastics.

How and Why did you get into gymnastics in the first place?

“It’s something I’ve always been in awe of. I’ve literally never done anything gymnastics-wise before, I didn’t do anything as a child and have always been envious of people doing cartwheels and handstands without a second thought. It’s always been top on my list of things I’d love to be able to do, and finally decided after watching my daughter at Springfit that maybe I too could have a go.”

Kathy Cassidy Adults 7pm Wednesday St Bedes
Kathy Cassidy looking happy with her medal!

What do you like about training with Springfit?

“I go to Wednesday’s adult gymnastics class run by Helen, who is amazingly supportive. She always welcomes everyone regardless of ability (or lack of in my case!) and makes sure there is something appropriate for all levels to work on. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she recognised and celebrates every achievement, no matter how small. There’s a good group of coaches, Sean, Josh and Daisy (as well as some “guest” coach appearances!) who are also really supportive. I also have Star Membership, which is amazing for me. I have two young children and a husband who travels abroad a lot, which means I can’t make every week. So the ability to catch up classes without losing money every time I can’t go is ideal for me. But I love going so much that I usually try and rope one of my very kind friends into babysitting so I can still get to come! I also do adult trampoline with coach Sharley, which is ideal for beginners as everyone works at their own pace. I like the fact that Springfit have a sibling discount, which counts for parents, not just brothers and sisters.”

What is your favourite apparatus and why?

“I like the beam, as I’m not bad at balancing! I also love the air track, as it gives you an extra bounce to practise moves on. I feel I can throw myself around a little more on there as its so cushioned.”

What move can you do that you didn’t think you would be able to do?

“To be honest, there’s still so much I can’t yet do. But the important thing is I recognise how much further I am than when I started. My attempts at cartwheels are now beginning to look a bit like them, and although I can’t kick up to handstand yet, I can actually hold myself up against the wall nice and strongly, which I never actually imagined I would be able to do. There are people that walk on on their first session and can do more than me, but it doesn’t concern me, as I know I am making progress at my own level. I try and have a go at most things, but sometimes my mind just won’t let me. But I am always really pleased with myself when I overcome a fear of something and actually manage to attempt it.”

What benefits do you feel you are getting from the class?

“I get a huge sense of achievement from knowing I am facing my fears and overcoming a history of being teased as a child for being the “wrong physique” shall we say! It took immense courage to walk in that door the first time, but I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions I made. Also from a health perspective, I am definitely more flexible in the stretches now and it is a fun way to keep fit.” 

My one piece of advice for anyone who has ever thought of going is to be brave and take that first step – You won’t regret it!