Last week I went on a Gym Camp at Pipers Vale. The only ever times I’ve been there is when watching or doing Competitions. It was a very new experience because the only People I knew there Were Amelie and E. It was four nights staying at the gym and during the day we would do gym in the evening we would go out.
On Monday we arrived we had to be there a twelve a clock having already had lunch. I met one of the Coaches who I was going to work with and she introduced me and Amelie to some of the girls in our group. When we started I was very nervous because I didn’t really know anyone but I met the two girls who were going to be in my group and they were very nice and my coach was nice.
When we started on the apparatus we started on the Tumble Track which is this bouncy floor and I was practising my Handsprings I spent the whole 30 minutes while we were on that piece working on those. Then after that we went onto Vault. On Vault I was doing Half-on onto Mats. Then I moved onto Bars and I practiced Upstarts and Long Upstarts I practiced Long Upstarts all week. Then we moved onto Beam were we practised Cartwheel Tuckback dismounts which I had a problem with because I kept falling off the Beam doing a cartwheel.
After we had done all of them we changed out of our Leotards and into our Swimming costumes because we were about to go swimming. I really enjoyed swimming because every once in a while there would be a wave machine it wasn’t quite as good as the one in Centre Parks but it wasn’t bad. My friends and I were doing straddle levers to handstand in the pool took a while to do it but I managed in the end.
When we got back it was dinner time I was very glad because I was absolutely STARVING and I ended up having thirds. When we had finished dinner we went into the Rec gym where we were given these activity books and there were all kinds of activities in them and at the beginning there was a bit that you either put stickers or stamps if you had done something new or worked really hard at something.
When it was time for bed we were told that at night we had to make ourselves a den to sleep in and that we had to be in a group to build it, me and my friend made a tepee kind of tent over the bars it took us a while to think what to do so when we made it we didn’t really think about if it was going to stay or not as a result during the night it fell down on top of us which at the time me and my friend thought GREAT but the next we laughed and said it was so funny.
On Tuesday morning we were woken up and each group was called in turn to have breakfast me and my friend were so tired from the accident with the den last night we couldn’t be bothered to get up but soon we had to get up and put our dens away. We went on the trampoline which I did flick jump into the pit they were fun apart from the fact that there was always something wrong with my Flick which drove me mad. On the Tumble Track I was doing Round-off flicks but still there was something that wasn’t quite right with it. On the Bars I did Long Upstarts again and although I worked my socks off trying to do them but I just couldn’t do them. On Beam I worked on Cartwheels and Backwards walkovers and I really don’t like Beam so doing Cartwheels and Backward Walkovers really annoyed me. On Vault I started doing Half-on into the pit which I was terrified of because there was such a long drop from the top of the vault down to the pit so I got quite scared of them and we started to do Ballet which tired us out.
Then we had Lunch I was really hungry again so I ate quite a big lunch and then after lunch we went back to gym and kid of repeated the same thing again except that on trampoline we were doing Handspring-front Somersault and on one of them it went really very wrong and I landed on the bottom of my spine on the metal bar that holds together. Afterwards we went into Felixstowe into their Arcade and had an absolute brilliant time I ended up getting Amelie a Hello Kitty toy which she called Me-Me and then we went back had dinner and stared our dens and this Is where the worst bit of the week started.
In the group lower than me there was this little girl and we ended up making a den with us it was obvious she didn’t like me because she tried to get me out of making a den with my friend who she wanted to be with but I said that because she was the only person I really knew so I was staying with her. When we started to make dens everyone went to grab a mat so by the time we started to make our den there were hardly any mats left so this girl started to take charge and asking everybody to things that she was more than capable of, nobody went to get it so she sent me to get which really annoyed me and then we ended up not using it. Because there were no mats left we didn’t know what to do and this girl started going on and on about how she was so stressed and so tired when really everyone felt that way too and then she started having a go at people especially me about how they were not helping when she was just sitting down which really upset me. When we finally made our dens we settled down to sleep and this girl started to be really annoying like being all giggly when we had someone who was already asleep so I was very relieved when that night was over.
We only had a half day on Wednesday because we were going tobogganing in the afternoon so we had a lot to do in the morning breakfast was the same apart from the fact that we were starting earlier that day.
On the Tumble Track this coach from Russia did a little exercise to warm up one of which included doing little jumps backwards and on the second time we did them I fell over backwards and bruised my bum and then my coach wanted me to do this thing where I’d do a handspring and then I’d use the jump from my handspring to do a handstand on a block and I did this a few times until my coach wanted me to do a Handspring-front somersault into the pit which I really enjoyed. Bars was the same, on Beam I worked on my cartwheel and Vault was the same and we went on the Ballet bars
Then we went Tobogganing which was really cool but once I went on with one of my friends and she swerved in front of me and I was about to crash into her so I slid off my Toboggan and bruised my sitting bones and they still hurt and we did that for an hour and then we did this thing called Ringo’s where one person would sit in a rubber Dingy ring and we’d go down this slope and it was really fun apart from that once we’d gone down the slope we had to go back up again which was kind of OK because they had these things that you sit on and they pulled you up once I dropped my ring so I had to go and get it and I ended up walking up the slope when I was almost at the top I decided to try and get pulled up by one of those things I did but then I fell off again which hurt and the other reason was because I hurt my sitting bones and going down a bumpy slope is not that pleasant when you sitting bones hurt.
When we got back we had to make a dance to show the coaches on Friday, our group decided we’d split into two halves and each make up and bit of dance I was made team captain of my halve but the girl who gave me trouble on Tuesday night was put in my half so when I started to decided the beginning she grabbed her chance and Said that my voice was getting annoying so she would do the talking which was really hurtful she said this because she really wanted to be Team Captain and when my friend said I could she was really put off. So she started to make the dance she wasn’t letting anyone else speak and was just doing the talking herself even though we were told that it had to be everyone’s ideas. We ended up having to get an adult, who was looking after us because the coaches were having a meal, to help. The den we made that night we didn’t make with the girl who was upsetting me I was so glad. But we made quite a nice den and it didn’t fall down on top of us.
On Thursday we did trampoline again I was doing this thing where I had to do three jump forwards so I was at the end of the Trampoline then I would do a front Somersault into the pit it was fun apart from that when I was about to land in the pit my legs went almost over my head and I’d land on my face with my legs by my head which hurt my back. On the Tumble Track I was doing Round-Off Flick Tuckback preps which I was Ok at but not brilliant then we were told that we had to do leaps with the younger girls but then my coach wanted me to do Handspring -front somersault not into the pit and I did some really nice ones which I was very proud of all the other pieces I just did the same thing but I didn’t do Ballet.
Then in the evening we had a barbeque and a disco which was really fun and I had a lovely evening. Then at last it was Friday, the day we were going home so I only had a half day everything we just did the same we were on our last piece of the camp which happened to be bars and I got the long upstart that I had been working on all week I was so happy with myself because it was my last go so on the last piece, last day and last go I did it.
Overall I had a good week at camp, there are some experiences that I would not like have again but I did have a good week.
This post was taken from my previous blog- Cartwheel Girl’s Blog.