Tiny & Mighty may describe this petite and graceful 13-year-old high achieving grade 8 student at St. Paul’s elementary school. She stands around 5’1” & is quite the athlete. Keira Lamming will be representing Sault YMCA Gymnastics Club at Gymnastic Ontario level 6 provincial championships in London ON. She is the only local gymnast this year to qualify for this event.
Balancing on a beam, swinging from the bars, tumbling on floor & floating over the vault is nothing compared to her active schedule. Gymnastics keeps her busy most of the week.
Keira trains 6 days a week as a competitive dancer. She studies grade 7 piano at the Algoma Conservatory. She has been successful locally as a golfer, track athlete, long distance runner. Keira has also trained as a summer student twice with Canada’s National Ballet intensive program & was offered to study dance year-round. “It’s just what we do” Keira responds to the question what types of activities do you enjoy. “We ski, skate,bike, walk the dogs – we are always on the go.” “My parents keep me fed well & on a good sleep schedule to rest & recover. Academics before athletics is the motto in our house.”
Keira had a devastating start to the qualifying season. At Ontario Tour selection in Mississauga, (December 2018) a fall off of the uneven bars lead to a right elbow injury. Overcoming injury was a bit of a setback. “We tried not to look back & say what if – we just focus on what we need to do as a team to move forward” stated her coach Danielle. Under pressure, 1 slight wobble or a fall can really knock a score down in the overall rankings. Success isn’t always measured through high scores. We don’t push “aggressiveness” as a measure of physical achievement. There are personal goals & mental preparedness that are ongoing while working towards technique.
We are hoping for personal bests & wonderful memories from this weekend’s competition.
*Womens Artistic Gymnastics ON is being live streamed this weekend on you tube. The links are available on facebook Gymnastics Ontario.