Between The Bars

May 2, 2007

Still riding the high from an amazing experience this season.

I have experienced tremendous success with our gymnastics teams over the years. We have had many respected true student-athletes on our teams. We have had teams that are more talented than this 2007 team. We have had teams that have enjoyed a lot more 'success' if you measure that success by your Win-Loss columns. However, I had yet to experience a year of this much commitment from an ENTIRE team, where our athletes came in with a solid goal and purpose, that was not only to win the national championship, but to reclaim the top team GPA at UCLA. This type of focused energy and drive is extremely exciting to lead and be a part of. As a Coach or Teacher, our greatest reward is being able to infuse young adults with the idea of Daring to Dream and to help them with the motivation, drive and discipline that they need to accomplish those dreams.

Chris, Marshall, and I were recapping the highlights of our National Championship experience. Without realizing it, we soon had named EVERY SINGLE ATHLETE on our team as having had a 'clutch' performance this past weekend. Imagine being a part of a team and being able to look at everyone on that team and point out a 'clutch' performance that they had that helped achieve the team's ultimate goal - to leave the floor feeling like Champions.

Our congratulations go out to Georgia. Their team came together with poise and stunning gymnastics to claim their third consecutive title, which is a phenomenal feat. Our congratulations also go out to all of the teams this year who experienced SUCCESS in achieving 'Self Satisfaction that came as a direct result in knowing they did their best to become the best they are capable of becoming' ... thanks Coach W.

I close this season with a complete feeling of lessons learned and goals achieved. I especially appreciate Chris and Marshall, who continue to grow and help me continue to grow in our common goals: To keep our focus on coaching the Person who is the Athlete. To keep artistry thriving in this beautiful sport called Artistic Gymnastics. And as Coach Wooden would say, to commit to making each new day a Masterpiece.

~ miss val



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