By Andie Chung
Meet senior Emily Carr, a fantastic gymnast who is extremely accomplished, both in her academics and extracurricular activities. Emily is a Level 10 gymnast who trains at Club Champion in Pasadena, California.
“I have been doing gymnastics since I was 4, and I have been competing since I was 8,” the senior said.
Emily competes in all four women’s gymnastics events: vault, bars, beam, and floor. Among her role models is La Cañada alumni Sofia Menemenlis.
“We had a lot of similar interests, and I look up to her,” said Emily. “ She’s pretty successful.”
Because gymnastics is such a demanding sport, Emily dedicates a large portion of her time practicing after school.
“I have four and a half hour practices every day except Thursday and Sunday,” Emily said.
Throughout these hours of practice, Emily conditions herself for competitions.
“Our season is January to May. And during season, you go to anywhere between 6 and 8 competitions. Most of them are in California, but we do a few out-of-state meets. So far, the farthest that I have been is in Chicago,” said Emily.
Just over the past year, Emily has won many prestigious awards. Among them are: 7th place on the balance beam at SoCal State Championships, 3rd place in Vaulting and 1st place in Bars at Heart of a Champion, and 2nd place in vaulting and 1st place in bars at Lady Luck.
Emily’s favorite part about gymnastics is that she is “able to successfully do things that I was scared of doing before. Although there are hard days, the best days are when I get over my fears.”
She is also motivated by gymnastics because it “makes me feel really good about myself. My main motivation was to be able to compete on a college team. It’s a lot more fun than club gymnastics.”
With her busy gymnastics practice and rigorous academic schedule, Emily must manage her time to ensure that she finishes all of her work on time.
“You just have to not waste your time. You just have to get started on it right away after school, and get as much done as you can,” said Emily.
Emily is also a Senior Girl Scout. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano (which she has been playing since she was 4), creating digital artwork, and playing with her pets.
As for her gymnastics career, Emily hopes to continue competing in gymnastics throughout college.
“I hope to qualify for nationals this year,” Emily said.
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