- What qualities did you learn at SGI that you carried into your pursuit of your profession?
Through being a gymnast and training at SGI I have learned so many qualities that have made me who I am today. Growing up as a gymnast is such an incredible privilege. I am so thankful I was given the opportunity to do this sport and pursue my dreams. SGI has shaped me to be the person and gymnast I had always wanted to be. My time with SGI continues to help me reach my goals in my everyday life.
Some of the qualities SGI has taught over the years of my gymnastics career include: dedication, hard work, teamwork, perseverance, passion, integrity, patience, leadership, time management, and self-confidence. The sport of gymnastics is both physically and mentally demanding, there were good days as well as very difficult days. The very difficult days are where I was able to learn most of these qualities like hard work, dedication, perseverance, integrity, and patience. I had to learn these qualities to gain strength both mentally and physically, so I could push myself to new limits. Being on a team allowed me to develop teamwork skills as well as leadership skills. My deep love for this sport has taught me passion as well as helped me gain self-confidence.
Through this sport and with the help of my coaches I was able to learn these qualities and how important they are in everyday life. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. Balancing a difficult course load and being on the Varsity Cheerleading Team has required me to use all the skills I have learned at SGI. Training at SGI as a national gymnast has brought me where I am today, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities it has given me.
- What is your favourite memory at SGI?
My favourite memory at SGI would have to be my final competition as an SGI athlete and in the sport of gymnastics. This memory is so special to me because it was when all the years of hard work finally came together. Hitting all my events was my ultimate goal for my final competition. Achieving this goal was the best feeling in the world and having my SGI family by my side made it all so worth it. I will never forget the moment I landed my bar routine, my final event, and my coaches Alanna Kerler and Chris Hanley, as well as my teammates were there by my side.
- What advice or wisdom do you have for current SGI athletes?
The advice I would give the current SGI athletes is to enjoy every moment both as a gymnast and as an SGI athlete. Before you know it you will be hanging up the grips. It goes by faster than you think. Work harder than you think you could ever work and go for your dreams. It will all be worth it trust me. I would give anything to have the chance to do it all over again.