Carlee Nelson, is a 17-year-old who attends Fort Frye Excessive Faculty.
Nelson plans to attend West Virginia College following commencement on a full athletic scholarship to compete for the WVU gymnastics workforce. Presently she is undecided on a serious, however is happy to additional each her tutorial and athletic profession.
Nelson began her profession in gymnastics at Gymniks in Vienna when she was solely 4 years previous. She nonetheless learns there right now with coaches Nikki Tompson, Liz Nulter and Angela Method.
“I used to be a really energetic child and was all the time doing flips,” she mentioned.
Nelson mentioned that rising up she was concerned in different sports activities and hobbies, however that she determined to focus solely on gymnastics as soon as she was in highschool.
“I made a decision to stay with gymnastics, due to the lifetime bonds created with my teammates and coaches and the love I had for the game,” she mentioned.
Nelson mentioned her profession in gymnastics is not any joke, and that she spends lots of time within the gymnasium every week training.
“I observe 4 hours a day, 5 days per week to coach for my upcoming season that begins in November,” she mentioned.
Nelson additionally works at Gymniks a couple of days per week.
“After I go to WVU subsequent fall I’ll miss my teammates and coaches right here, as a result of they’ve change into household to me,” she mentioned.
Nelson has gained a number of West Virginia State Championships and Crew Awards.
“I’ve certified for areas yearly, which consists of seven states and have gained many medals at Regionals,” she mentioned.
Final spring she was the regional beam champion and certified for Nationals, the place she acquired a medal for her flooring routine.
“It was a lot enjoyable to compete at Regionals and Nationals,” she mentioned.
Nationals have been held in Daytona Seaside, Fla.
“I had a lot enjoyable with my household and workforce, and Nationals was an incredible expertise,” she mentioned.
Nelson mentioned she labored actually onerous within the gymnasium after qualifying for Nationals, in order that she might really feel assured going into the competitors.
“One of many issues I take pleasure in about competing is the sensation of hitting an excellent routine and cheering on my teammates after they hit a routine,” she mentioned.
In line with Nelson, her favourite routine to compete is flooring and beam.
“I like training vault and bars, and bars are most likely the hardest occasion for me,” she mentioned. “However I benefit from the feeling of being underneath stress after which figuring out you made an excellent routine.”
Nelson mentioned she would encourage dad and mom to place their youngster in gymnastics.
“My household, mates, and group have all the time supported me, and I’m grateful for all of the sacrifices my household has made in order that I can proceed to pursue the game that I like,” she mentioned.
Nelson mentioned gymnastics has taught her many life classes and has molded her into the particular person she is right now.
“It has taught me to work onerous, as a result of not every thing comes simply; to be affected person and belief the method, particularly when studying new issues; it has disciplined me; gave me management expertise and proven me the way to deal with being underneath stress.”
Nelson mentioned though she has not but settled on a profession path, she’s going to use these life classes to assist information her via faculty and past.
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