Teal Grindle - My Australian adventures - British Gymnastics

Teal Grindle - My Australian adventures

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Photo: Teal Grindle in SportsAid’s I Will campaign. Courtesy of SportsAid

With still a year to go before she turns junior, young Teal Grindle from Sapphire School of Gymnastics is already enjoying a great deal of success on the international stage. She recently returned from the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival where she secured gold on the beam and silver with the team and in the individual all-around. Teal kept a diary during her time in Sydney and here she shares some of her experiences with us from her ten day trip down under, giving us an insight into the adventures of this rising gymnastics star…

Monday 14th Jan
Well we have finally arrived in Sydney. We took a short bus journey to the university where we are going to be staying and surprisingly I’m not really feeling tired.  We went for breakfast and then went to our rooms to relax. First we headed to the gym and after that we went for a swim; it took us all ten minutes to get in, it was so cold. We then had lunch and I put all my cards up in my room and made it festive. We spent the rest of the night sat on the balcony to our rooms relaxing but also screaming whenever there was a dragon fly or a huge spider – scary. Eventually I dozed off ready for packed days ahead…

Thursday 17th Jan
Went to breakfast then we went to the park where me and my team mates did some stretching, conditioning and even some tree hugging. We made a bit of a movie together and ran through the sprinklers – it was great fun. After we walked back and had lunch and it was so hot - 40 degrees. We then went on to training and we smashed it - I did my full twist on vault and everything that I wanted and needed to do. After a long day I went upstairs and got a shower and then went to bed…

Friday 18th Jan
Competition day. Had breakfast and then had fun with the girls getting ready before the comp - doing each other’s make-up and hair was so much fun. Eventually we were finished and it was time to go on the bus, making friends with all the gymnasts especially the Chinese. When we got there it was time to compete, time to get our game face on and do the job we came to do. I went last up on beam; my heart was racing before I got on but I just blocked everything out when I got up for my mount. I did it and moved onto my next piece, floor. I showed it off as best I could and then unfortunately I had an unexpected fall on my easiest tumble, but I carried on and after all that all the other pieces were fine. We ended up with team silver and myself and the rest of the team were really pleased. We stayed on to watch and support the boys and they won which topped off a great day for Team GB…

Sunday 20th Jan
Competition day number two. Not too nervous but had the biggest bowl of breakfast I’ve ever had in my life and we got ready for the comp. I was running a little tight with time because I had to do Amy’s donut (hair) but after we had glammed ourselves up we got on the bus and focused for the comp.

We got there and we started warming up, game face on, this was it. I started on vault. When the judges hand went up I ran down at full pelt and I stuck it. On to bars, I was worried I was going to slip off because the Chinese put honey on before my go but it was OK and I got through my bar and was then completely focused for beam. The judge’s hand went up and I performed the best beam routine I could, completing all the links and all the elements I was meant to do. I was so happy after that beam routine but there was no relaxing as I still had one piece left – floor. I warmed up and I was first on and happy to say I also did the best possible routine I could do on floor. Nick (Junior National Coach) said “that was a great floor routine and the cheekiest dance I have ever seen.”  I was very happy after the whole routine especially when I tried to stare down one of the judges in the last competition and there was no twitch or emotion, so I tried even harder to get the other judge in the next comp to smile, I think she was smiling, so it worked!

The medal ceremony for the all-around was great as I stepped forward to take silver. I then had to line up for the beam results and that was wonderful. Getting gold for myself and Great Britain as well was incredible and a moment I will never forget.

After that we decided to explore Sydney and we went to see the Sydney Opera House –WOW I was speechless. “Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Yep you guess it we had some ice cream and continued to explore. We saw loads of insects, red ones, black ones, and animals that looked like the biggest squirrels ever, they were running up the tree and I nearly stepped on one – strange. We got back and we had a little party for a little while with Catherine Lyons, Amy Tinkler, Tyesha Mattis and we eventually fell asleep…

Monday 21st Jan
Today we went to the zoo. We walked in and there was a koala bear and we had no idea if it was real or fake, so we walked away thinking it was fake and then it suddenly came to life. We took lots and lots of pictures and we saw butterflies, ducks, porcupines, a crocodile, kangaroos and we even got to stroke a koala bear and have a picture taken with it. After the zoo, we went shopping and I got lots of presents and gifts for friends and family. We finished the day on a ferry and that was lovely…

Tuesday 22nd Jan
We had to get up at 7am because we had to pack and get ready for the beach, I was really excited. Without Nick (Junior National Coach), we wouldn’t of got to the beach. We were meant to have two hours there but we only got one because we didn’t really know which way to go, but if Nick wasn’t there we wouldn’t of even had an hour. So as soon as we got there we chucked our towels and stuff down and ran into the bluest sea I have ever seen. The waves and under currents were really strong but it was great fun. After that we went on the bus and that was the last time I saw the university, our home for the past week or so, so that was very sad. We had to go to the airport and I got some food and picked up a gift for Gaby (Sapphire team mate) because she is the best friend ever. Then it was time to get on the plane and fly home... bye Sydney…

Wednesday 23rd Jan
So now on the plane writing my diary. Sitting with Amy and Lorraine listening to disco music and hugging my koala bear. After the first flight we stayed at Singapore for an hour then we were off again. Nick had four seats to himself so I decided to go and sit by him haha but he went on and on and on and on so I asked to swap seats. Tried to keep my eyes open by holding them and trying to keep myself occupied. The journey actually went really quickly and we finally got off the plane and found our suit cases and our parents. I eventually got home and went to bed – wow what an amazing experience…

Editor Note:
Teal is featured in SportsAid’s new film, "I Will Be Next". Click here to watch Teal in action.
 



 

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