“If you’re not making mistakes, then you are not doing anything.” John Wooden
My level 9 season had a lot of ups and downs. I made mistakes on things and improved on things, but I never let my mistakes define who I am. My mistakes made me work harder in the gym and believe in myself.
At the Texas State Championship, I started on beam. I fell on mys witch leap, back tuck. I was really sad, but I wasn’t going to let that mistake determine the outcome of my season. I turned the page, finished the meet strong, and qualified for Regionals.
Before Regionals, I knew that I really had to believe in myself and believe in what I had to accomplish if I wanted to qualify for Western Nationals. I went into the gym every day and gave it my all, because I knew if I gave it everything I had, I wouldn’t be sorry no matter what the outcome is.
At Regionals, I started on floor. I was the second one up. I had a solid floor routine. It wasn’t perfect, but no one can be perfect. Next, I went to vault. I was first up and had a great vault. I got a 9.45. Then, I went to bars. I knew at this point that it was possible to make it to Westerns, but I had to believe. I was very last on bars, so I had to stay calm. I had my best bar routine of the year and scored a season high 9.65! Now, it was all up to beam. My warmup on beam was very shaky. I put all of that behind me and was able to perform to the best of my ability. I hit my beam routine! I was on cloud 9! I got a 9.375. At that point I knew that even if I didn’t qualify to Westerns, I had did everything I could.
It was time for awards. I was super excited when I got second in the region on bars. As they were getting ready to announce the all-around awards, I knew that only the top seven qualify for Westerns. They had already announced five and I wasn’t called yet. I was very nervous! “In 6th place with a score of 37.775, from Texas Dreams Gymnastics, Tenley Colclasure!!” That moment was one of the best moments of my life. I had tears in my eyes, because everything I had worked so hard for had paid off. So when things get tough, never stop BELIEVING!
Westerns here I come!