I decided to make a visit to a new gymnastics gym called new era gymnastics with my mom to check out the facility and how things work in the gym.
I can remember my first day at new era gymnastics, my new coach introduced me to my new teammates. 5 were older and 1 was younger, It was strangely quite andI felt so isolated because I was the only african american, but I knew there was more I had to meet
HaHaHa its time to make all of you guys feel stupid after I make the national team
I finally got a chance to compete and qualify for regionals, sadly I did not qualify. 6 months pasted, I was working hard to prove myself although I knew people were judging me by the way I look and I can remember the day when a teammate whispered "he's weak, and he's not all that good. I also was underestimated because I didn't have the typical male gymnast body shape or size.
I competed successful that year, with another upsetting end at regionals. I haven't been to consistent with placement all year and I was being compared to many other teammates even though I was a better gymnast. with the solution of that I started losing confidence, my teammates started downing me, judging me before anything else. It was finally regionals and I was at my 5th rotation and my teammate noah looks over and says, your not placing with the way your vault looked.
I placed 3rd at regionals that day, and yes I proved my teammates wrong including there parents. But I still had to prove myself even more, at the biggest meet NATIONALS!!!, I finally get a chance to make people look mistaken for there erroneous assumptions.
I made it through the day so far with a sold day of competition. There was only one more event in my way my best one, it was vault and I final got to redeem myself from the mistake I made at regionals. I run with speed, and I push off the board to build momentum as a flip and I look for the ground and I fall to the ground.... just playing I NAILED IT, I could not be more ecstatic, It wasn't over yet. They call my name for 4th place overall and combined. But last but not least I was named to the U.S developmental national team.