It's a different world now, gymnastics - children engaged at many different levels to suit their ability, competing regularly against appropriately skilled opposition and branching out into freestyle, display teams etc. What I really like is the emphasis that Sutton puts on performance and the high expectations of the club, regardless of age or ability. The girls were both shredded with nerves over their performances yesterday - because they had a part in the gala, as did just about every club member.
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Still early days for Hatty - but she will have got oodles from the experience. Abby is beginning to show a temperament and sense of performance, a desire to execute perfectly and with grace that I haven't seen in her before. No longer just a 'child that does gym club'. Seems only last week I was tickling her whilst changing her nappy. Ho hum.