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Proud Parent
Feb 16, 2016
Hello everyone,

I am a dad of 5, 4 girls and 1 boy, and my youngest (just turned 9) is my gymnast. We tried with the rest of the girls, but they all have other passions. My DD started gymnastics in a rec program when she was 5. Within a week the head coach talked to us about putting her on the Stars team. She spent a year there and they told us that we should consider moving her to a gym that could truly develop her talents. After an exhaustive search of the Raleigh area, we found our gym and she started as a xcel bronze, the following season moved to silver and mid-season moved to gold - taking 3rd AA in her division in region 8 and 1st on beam. She is now competing level 6 and its a whole new world. She spent September through December recovering from a broken ankle, then a partial ligament tear and has had about 6 weeks of intermittent full on training to prep for this season, but she is recovering her quickness and tightness well and is still loving every minute.

I grew up with my mom being a fan of gymnastics, so I have always had an appreciation for the sport. Now that it has become the centerpiece of my DD's life, it has become a huge part of mine as well. I have learned a lot about the sport and am a huge fan of our teams and of course my DD (I even usually come close on my guess for vault scores, I still think they sometimes use chicken bones and black magic to score it though). I know I have a lot more to learn and from what I have seen know this place will be a great resource. I'm not one who spends a lot of writing, so I may be an infrequent contributor, but I hope to be able to give as much as I get.

Welcome to the board! Hope you get a lot of advice and don't take anything too personally. Looking forward to hearing how your daughter does as she recovers from her injuries
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Welcome! Congratulations to your dd, sounds like she is doing great. I hope her ankle is feeling 100% soon. I live in the same general area (different gym though).
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