I've blogged many times in the past about my daughter Izzy and how proud of her I am. However, this week in particular, she's exceeded anything I ever managed to do as such a tender age.
First up, on Sunday, was the British Gymnastics, SE Regional Floor and Vault Finals at the Guildford Spectrum in Surrey. Thankfully not as early a start as last year so managed to get there for a nice and respectable 10am. Found myself in the arena and spotted my ex-wife Clare and her Mum Anne waving at me from up in the stand, so went to sit up with them.
On admission, you get a competition sheet which tells you who is in each group. Izzy was starting on the Yellow vault. To put this competition in perspective, there were four separate vaults and four floor areas, just to the judges could see as many Gymnasts as possible.
|Izzy started on the Yellow Vault|
It wasnt long before all the Gymnasts came out to music and then went through a group warm up before getting 10 minutes individual warm up on their respective apparatus.
It appeared that Izzy's warm up vaults were ok and was landing really well but unfortunately, her 2 judged vaults were a little off, with the smallest of skips on landing but because of that she was marked down to 6.400 and 6.400.
After patiently awaiting the rotation, Izzy hit the floor.
|Izzy on the podium in 3rd place|
|Izzy with the 'Ron Baker Trophy'|
So Izzy has had one hell of a week this week. You couldnt wipe that smile off her face if you tried. One thing is for sure though. At this rate, she'll need a bigger medal hanging rack than her Dad's.