Trampoline gymnast Laura Gallagher has spoken about her volunteer work during the pandemic for the NHS responders.
Talking on the latest episode of the All Around Access Podcast, Laura joined artistic gymnast Kelly Simm and hosts Olivia Smith and Dom Mensah, where she explained why she got involved and what she got up to.
“It was just that feeling of being useful, that I wanted to help others if I could. I did some check-in and chats which was a really nice experience actually. I had some really nice conversations with some elderly people in the community that live near me. I did some shopping for some people too. It was important to me to help people if I could.”
Laura has been competing at the highest level for many years. As an eight-time major championship medallist, she’s achieved a lot in the sport. Her longevity in the sport is testament to the hard work that has taken place both on and off the trampoline.
Speaking on the podcast, Laura also talked about how important it has been for her to have interests outside of the gym throughout her career.
“For me, it’s so important to have interests away from gymnastics. I know top level sport isn’t forever and it’s a good way to prepare for life after sport.It’s also really nice to have a mental break. I don’t know one gymnast that just solely has gymnastics that they like doing, whether that’s just chilling out and watching TV or going for a walk. Everyone has so many different things that they like to do.
“I like learning, I like socialising, I like helping people, and I like coaching and other things related to gymnastics and trampolining too. It’s just really cool to be able to explore new things if you have the time to do that which I’ve luckily been able to do.”
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In the second episode of the series, Laura and Kelly also answered some fan questionsand looked ahead to the Olympic Games later this year.