Gym talk - Final senior farewell
Gym talk - Final senior farewell
Friday, July 17, 2015

Editor's note: This will be the final installment of Gym Talk for this past season with two gymnasts reflecting on their careers as Ladies.


Hey Ladies fans!!  Syl and Nat here, bringing in the last gym talk of the year, and the very last gym talk of our own. We can’t believe how fast this year has blown by! With that said, it’s also been an incredible year! Though our season had its ups and downs, we have made memories of a lifetime with a very special group of girls: while we did not qualify to nationals as a team, we had the bulk of our line-ups qualify individually. A special shout-out to Senior Noel Stubbs, who earned an All-American title on vault, and Freshman Ashley White, who earned All American titles in all-around, vault and beam! We are so proud of you!! To wrap up our last gym talk, we would like to say a few words about our time here at Centenary.


Nat: Being a gymnast at Centenary has been everything and more than I had ever dreamt of. When I was growing up, all I ever wanted was to be a part of a team and have the kind of camaraderie you see on TV. When I arrived at Centenary; however, I quickly learned being a part of a team was so much more. I was immediately immersed into a group of girls who welcomed me and the rest of my freshman class with open arms. I realized this was not my team - this was my family. As the years go by and I get further and further away from the glory days, I will remember competing here and there. But most of all, I will remember all of the joy my teammates have made me feel. Whether it was when we were singing in the van on road trips, having too much fun studying for exams, cutting up in the gym (in between working hard of course!), or just plain by being around them.  They have made me feel a sense of belonging. I know very few people will ever understand this because most people don’t understand the type of life we have led in order to get to this stage of the game. We will forever be bonded by every track workout, every 6 a.m. practice, every team assignment, every pod, every song that makes us think of each other, the unforgettable weekends, and the unexplainable feeling you get when you watch your teammate nail their routine - you know all the hard work you have watched them put in has paid off. I feel so blessed to have shared all of this with each of you, and I want to thank you for being there to catch me when I fall (metaphorically and physically), for being my rock and my light when things got challenging, for constantly making me laugh, and for being the first ones there to celebrate with me in my moments of success.

Also, a special thank you to coach Jackie. Thank you for being the first person to believe in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for pushing me to be better every day as an athlete and as a person, and thank you for doing everything in your power to get my knee healthy for my final season - whether that meant pushing me when it was time or holding me back when I was being impatient. If I had any success during my time at Centenary it was because of you! You have been a second mom to me and have molded me into a strong, confident woman: ready to take on any challenges that come my way. I cannot thank you enough for that.


Syl: Can’t believe it’s over! Just like that and I’m thrown up a creek without a paddle! I will forever cherish the memories I have made throughout the years. Doing the sport I love with the people I love is a dream come true. I cannot put into words how much my teammates mean to me and it is an honor to have spent the time I did with them. They have taught me to enjoy every second of every day, to relax and stay calm when times were rough because it wasn’t going to last forever, to have a good time no matter where we are, and to love. And I mean really love! They have picked me back up when I was at my absolute worst and helped me stay humble at my absolute high and they still love me! I don’t know how they do it! It scares me to think about not being with them every day but I know when I cross their minds, they will call me or send me a text. I know for sure they will be on my mind! (I’ll try not to bug y’all too much) I feel sorry for the people who do not get to experience something like this because it has made a lasting impression on me that I will remember for the rest of my life. And I can’t forget about Coach. The one who MADE me believe I was going to be a bar star whether I liked it or not. She has made me believe anything is possible if I set my mind to it and not to take “No” for an answer. She has guided and directed me throughout my four years here and took on the role as mom when I needed her. Thanks for everything Coach! I wouldn’t be the same without you.


Thank you so much to all of our friends and families who have given your love and support to the Ladies throughout the years. We can’t tell you how much it means to us. Stay tuned for future gym talks as we bring in the new 2015-2016 team! We love you and will miss you all very much!


Love Always,

Syl and Nat



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