The skills became more difficult.
Her confidence level was low.
She went from finishing in the top at every meet to finishing in the middle to the bottom at most meets.
But at the end of the year, Morgan still LOVES gymnastics. Her desire to compete and be part of a team has not faltered. She doesn't feel discouraged by her performance this year. We are proud of her for all her hard work, dedication, and growth she made as a gymnast this year.
She is constantly twirling, leaping, walking on her hands, and flipping around the house. She has a passion for the sport.
This year our focus turned from scores, medals, or placement on the podium, to the improvements in her routines, her ability to keep a good attitude, work hard, be a good team mate - the little things we may not have complimented her on or encouraged her in had she had a more successful season. Character traits that are just as important as taking a top spot at a meet.
I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when this season ended a few weeks ago. It was time to take a break, regroup, refocus, and start the new season with a renewed sense of excitement.
Here is a compilation of Morgan's best routines this year: