What a Camp

What an absolute pleasure the last 48 hrs has been. To be surrounded by so many dedicated, enthusiastic gymnasts showcasing their obvious talent and coached skills was inspiring to say the least.

Furthermore nothing fires up Nicky more than the effervescence of youth and the chance for her to try and make a difference in their lives.

Nicky’s warm up Scottish Summer Camp 2019

The coaches and hospitality were as always first class and a special thank you must go out to Donna Kilbane who’s event organisational skills are phenomenal.

When you’re walking through arrivals and you see your name on a board being held high by John our personal driver…

Class was the first thought that entered my mind.

The logistical transitions from Edinburgh to Dundee were seamless like a formula 1 pit stop. Mercedes should hire you as they would recognise the tremendous amount of hard work, planning and preparation which goes into making things look that easy! From hospitality to nutrition every need and more was catered in a way that only someone extremely good at their role could provide. A credit to your country. #scottishgymnastics

Muchas gracias Donna for making our experience so special

Donna Kilbane, Nicky, Me, Chris Short & Dan Summer Camp 2019

As a fantastic bonus Dan and I had the chance to meet one of TeamGym’s great coaches who was tutoring alongside camp. A man who Nicky has always wanted me to meet as her words…

‘He is 1 of the Original legends in TeamGym’

In addition Chris Short alongside Candy Lakin another Fantastic TeamGym coach of many years, are responsible for my first ever ‘Gasp’ at the British Championships with their gymnast Shingi Mhembere. Who performed a Double Straight Somersault transition on Tumble before his final move!!!

This is way back in 2011. To put that in perspective, that’s an elite move that only some members of the top 3 European teams can perform now and I know of only 3 British Teamgym Squad members capable of performing that move in 2019

Nicky filming him in warm up British Championships 2015

To have the opportunity to learn from someone who coached the above was an unexpected opportunity that superseded our expectations. Thank you Chris for sharing your extensive Biomechanical knowledge and the secret ‘Golden Nugget’ preps that blew our minds which will definitely improve every future Warrior session we coach.

Got to say, seeing black and white grainy footage from the 60’s only enhances the nostalgia and has exposed your obvious vintage which your looks defy.

Finally a special thank you to all the Scottish coaches and gymnasts. You all made the 7 hour sessions seem like 5 mins. Evidence of the old saying

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’

Summer Camp in 60 secs

When one of Scottish Gymnastics top coaches Amanda Boucher presented us with these T shirts, I was humbled beyond belief. #scottishgymnastics

Nuff respect Amanda as your warmth and kindness is always on display through your gymnasts and as a recipient myself, fully understand why you have such a great gymnastic club! #irvinebaygymnasticsclub

Our lovely gift from the Scottish Summer Camp

In conclusion if we are lucky enough to be invited back for 3rd year, and the weather prevented any travel, the desire to attend would motivate me to walk.

#motivation #inspiration #dreambelieveachieve #wherewarriorsaremade

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