Trampoline Ten

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Rosie and her teammate after a regional competition.

Darby Duncan, Staff Writer

Senior Rosie Mazzuca has been doing gymnastics for fifteen years. Trampoline and tumbling have been an essential part of her high school career, becoming her favorite job and sport. Rosie started artistic gymnastics when she was three years old, which consists of bars, floor, beam and vault.

All throughout her childhood, gymnastics was super important to her. After starting high school, Rosie began competition trampoline and tumbling. Now, her favorite thing about gymnastics is the trampoline.

“Doing new, scary skills on trampoline gives me a rush and I absolutely love it. Conquering my fears is the most confidence boosting thing I can do,” said Rosie.

This year, Rosie reached level ten in trampoline and tumbling, which is the highest level in the USA Junior Olympics Program. Level ten has been Rosie’s goal all along; however, that does not mean she is done improving.

“There are so many skills I wish to achieve in the future. A lot of them I have thrown before but it is a matter of connecting it in a routine. But at the moment, I hope to get my back double layout without a throw mat,” said Rosie.

With all of the hard work and effort Rosie puts in, she still has to face many challenges.

“As I have become older, some of my hardships can include frustration with a skill and inconsistency. When I was younger these things would make me upset, but as I have grown older I now know that the hard times and the bad practices are what create the best practices and the greatest accomplishments,” said Rosie.

Rosie has learned many important lessons through gymnastics, and it has helped her become the person she is today.

Rosie and the group of kids she coaches.

“It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to not be content with where you are, but you have to get up and do it again and make it. I have to prove to myself that I am stronger than my failures,” said Rosie.

Overall, gymnastics has brought Rosie some amazing opportunities, taught her many lessons and helped shape her into the person she is today. After high school, Rosie is not sure what will happen with her gymnastics. There is a possibility that she will do it for fun, continue competing or coach. We wish Rosie luck in whatever she decides do in the future!