Senior Ronni Bear provides the next Gym Talk
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hey Centenary gymnastics fans! This is Senior Ronni Bear with this week’s Gym Talk!

We started off fall break with our first practice of the year, and it was such a great start to our season! We had many highlights in the gym, but my personal favorite was at the end of our last rotation. The whole team got together and cheered on senior Casie Hood and sophomore Kaity Mussio who were doing their blind fulls on the competition bars for the first time! It was so exciting to see the whole team come together and encourage two of our teammates to accomplish their goals. Then we had the afternoon off to prepare for a weekend of fun filled team bonding! 

On Friday, we had our second practice, and we had a surprise guest speaker; Betsy Eaves.  We were so excited she could find the time to come and talk to us because we love her so much!  Betsy taught us all about the Myers Brigg personality test. It was funny to see how each of our teammates fit into some of the categories so perfectly, and it gave all of us a better understanding as to how our teammates and coaches would behave in certain situations. We can’t thank Betsy Eaves enough for all the great knowledge and advice she shared with us! 

Later that day, we all headed to the Barksdale Airforce Base for a team activity of paintball!  We divided our teams by upperclassmen and underclassmen, but of course the coaches also had to get in on the action. The uppers had Coach Syl and Coach Morgan while the lowers had Coach Jackie and Coach Morgan’s husband, Nate. The underclassmen surprised us all and beat us the first three games….but by the fourth and final game, the uppers still had some fight left in us, and we finally beat them! Coach Jackie did sit out that game to take pictures so maybe she was the key player for the underclassmen?  The real MVP of paintball was definitely freshman Vanessa Peterman –  she may have been on crutches, but that didn’t stop her from setting up behind one of the barriers and helping out her team! 

The next morning, we were off to coach Jackie’s house to start our team retreat. It was bittersweet for us as seniors being our last team retreat ever! My favorite bonding activity was our lip-syncing/dancing competition. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard, but I think some of your Centenary gymnasts may have careers in lip-syncing and dancing when they graduate! The seniors also got to share the Core Covenants we decided on for our team this year: Committed, driven, and consistent. These are three words which define our team culture and describe the type of gymnasts we want to be. We ended the night by watching a movie and making s’mores by the fire pit. It was definitely my favorite team retreat and we can’t thank Coach Jackie enough for opening up her home to us, and for hosting another great retreat! I feel so blessed to be able to spend my last year as a Centenary gymnast with the most amazing teammates and coaches. This is going to be a team to remember and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us this year.  

Love you all!!  

Ron