Just before Christmas we had eight training sessions with the Russian topcoach Dmitrii Vinnikov. He helped us with our technique on our current elements, and with trying out several new ones. As usual he was really inspiring and I have learned a lot!
From the 12th till the 15th of december I was in Great Britain with my new team. We were invited to train at Spelthorne Gymnastics, a British elite club which is host to many World Champions. Their choreographer, Ellie Cooper, made an amazing balance choreography for us to perform at our competitions!
WE DID IT!!!! In our last competition together, Anna and I managed to earn the silver medal at the European Age Group Competition. The first European Championships medal for the Netherlands in the 12-18 age category ever. We are extremely proud!! (Photo © Noya Gindes)
No big group-show for the Acro Academy this year at the Turngala. It was only a week before leaving for the European Championships, so we had to focus on our competition routines. But we were invited to perform our finals routine at the Turngala show in front of 2000 people. That felt like a wonderful rehearsal for the Europeans.
Our club Acro Academy had a big lottery these past few months, with the opportunity to win prizes such as a holiday home, a car or a vacation!! We sold 33.000 lottery tickets and on october 5th we held the big draw. Ofcourse our gymnasts got to perform and there were a lot of very happy people in the hall!
Yes, after three very successful years we have decided that the European Championships will be the last competition for Anna and me. Next season (after the EC in october) I will be part of a trio: together with Mare and Fei we will be a senior womens group. I am looking forward to this new challenge very much!!
During the qualifications for the WC Artistic Gymnastics in Heerenveen we were invited to give a demonstration of acrobatic gymnastics. After the artistic gymnasts did their best we showed our combined routine while everyone was waiting for the award ceremony. The audience was very enthousiastic!
After becoming the Dutch Champions in Youth in 2017 and in Age Group 11-16 in 2018, we became Dutch Champions again in 2019 in the categorie 12-18 yrs old (Age Group II / Junior 1)! It was the third time in a row that Anna and I got this national title, so we were very happy.
By reaching our second high score limit we managed to qualify for the European Championships!! We needed to reach a score of at least 76,500 twice, and after scoring 81,250 on our previous qualification we scored 80,980 today for our three routines. This means we can go to Israel in october to represent our country!
The Maia Cup in Portugal was not our best competition: we did make the finals but finished 7th. However our scores did help in the club competition. The combined score of all three Junior 12-18 teams were enough to get the bronze club cup!
On the Valentine Cup 2019 we performed our balance and our combined routine. We had no competitors in our category, so our main goal was to start of the competition season well. We were happy with our performance and scores, and besides our personal gold helped the Acro Academy get the Cup for highest scoring club.
A big end-of-the-year show of our Dutch federation KNGU with the best our gymnastic sports have to offer – and we were invited to perform!! In the Ziggo Dome, one of the biggest concerthalls in our country, we got to show our acrobatics to thousands of people during the “A Touch of Gold” gala. We felt honored to be a part of this show!