Last year Lucie Colebeck became British tumbling champion before winning a sensational bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In less than two weeks’ time Lucie will be back, hoping to defend her British title at Arena Birmingham. We caught up with Lucie ahead of the Championships as she gives us her five tumbling top tips.
1. Training regime
"A typical training session tends to be broken up into three different sections. We start off with a warm up consisting of pulse raisers and a head to toe stretch. We then do our track training, this will be between an hour and an hour 1/2. Finally, we do rebound training whether this be trampoline training or fast track. Either are great for us to practice our end skills.
"Before competitions, I always like to do controlled competitions in training to get me in the mindset of competing and making sure I’m able to do the routine under pressure. I find this really helps me get in the right frame of mind to compete."
"Especially leading up to competition, my diet becomes stricter and I make sure I’m eating a lot of protein to rebuild my strength. I tend to eat a lot of chicken and vegetables with rice… that’s a particular favourite, nice and easy to dish up!"
3. Time out
"For me, I think it’s extremely important to take mental breaks. Gymnastics is such a tough sport mentally as well as physically. It is vital for me to have a break after competitions to put my brain at ease. Also, now I’m older and I’m realising its all the mental aspects I struggle with, I ensure I make the time to rest after each comp. I enjoy lots of other things, swimming I thoroughly enjoy and also going to the gym to work on my personal fitness I love. Spending time with family, we tend to play golf a bit (we are all extremely competitive)."
4. Preparing to compete
"I try to keep everything the same. It’s a stressful time the day before competing but I find that if I change the way I am and the things I do beforehand I will end up stressing a lot more. Keeping my cool and chilling out before is the key.
"As soon as I walk out into the arena I am in the zone. Competitions go so quickly so I try to enjoy it as much as I can. The main thing that goes through my mind is that I know how to do it just need to prove it. The potential within me is limitless, go do my thing."
"My coach (Vov) and I always come up with new goals together and we analyse the previous competition, look at my routines and see what I could have done to improve them and what I can change etc. Setting new goals and new challenges is a really fun part of the sport, something which I love."