it’s not how many times you fall …

It’s how many times you get back up.

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GBR gymnast Lisa Mason profile

Dvora Meyers:

After taking a 13-year-hiatus, the 33-year-old gymnast and single mom is back on the mat and making more noise than ever.

Lisa Mason has swagger, which is not something you expect to see from female gymnasts. “Gymnasts are supposed to be seen and not heard,” Mason said. They’re supposed to be small and adorable and never boastful—there are no end zone dances for female gymnasts. …

… Mason has no trouble speaking her mind. “I have an opinion, and you’re going to hear it if you like to or not,” she said with a laugh. …

Gymnast Lisa Mason Refuses to Be ‘Seen and Not Heard’

Lisa Mason

sports prepares women for leadership

… Today, the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW released a new report analyzing how sports prepares women for leadership and boosts their career opportunities and earning power. …


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Larrissa Miller’s story

Ms Miller was sexually abused by an extended family member between the ages of five and 16.

“The reason I wanted to come out is because I know I have a following in the gym community and I wanted to raise awareness of (sexual abuse),” she said. …

“I just wanted people to know that it’s okay to speak out and get the help and support they need.”

Ms Miller said she had regular contact with her abuser.

The 23-year-old broke her silence on White Balloon Day on September 11 and is now an ambassador for child protection organisation Bravehearts.

Ms Miller’s attacker was jailed in May this year. …

The Moranbah gymnast said she used gym “as an escape” to the abuse.

“Gym was my saviour, to be honest. I don’t know what I would have done if I wasn’t in the gym,” Ms Miller said.

Since opening up about the issue, Ms Miller said quite a few people had told her their own stories. …

“The first person I told was my sister… and then my sister told my mum.” …

Moranbah gymnast focused on sport to escape sexual abuse


old school coaching

1. When coaches use fear tactics …

2. Coaches that use humiliation …

3. Coaches that overtrain their athletes …

4. Coaches that believe you must tear an athlete down to build them up …


Gymnastics is not the worst sport. But we could do better.

bullying coach

finding the right Gymnastics coach

Gym Mom Jodi Brichta-Coyne:

They spend 15+ hours a week with my child. They are molding and teaching her not only gymnastics skills but life lessons such as this one. They know their athletes and see things in them that they or we don’t see. Your athlete may come home angry at them some days for being tough or happy when they compliment and encourage them another.

Either way, I say know who your coaches are. If you do not like the way they are being treated or if it goes against your values then by all means you are not a tree, you can leave and find a better environment for them to grow. But if you have found a coach or gym that your child loves to go to, is growing, learning and is generally happy and your gut tells you its the right place then by all means… TRUST in the process! Because even when they don’t win, they learn. …


coach Kelsey Kato

dealing with parents – a coaching skill

I’ve never had major problems with Gymnastics parents. And I’m surprised with how many coaches do.

Seems to me many lack people skills. Coaches need the ability to see situations from the viewpoint of the parents of their athletes.

Tom Trapp sends a link to this article:

Instead of SCAPEGOATING THE PARENTS in the media, let’s instead establish what needs to be done to educate, support and empower all Youth Sports Parents so they better understand the importance of making the proper decisions for their children regarding playing environment and coaches. …

Parents are NOT the Problem, They are the Solution. How to Fix Youth Sports.


Click through if that’s something you might want to share with your parents. Those parents you are making an effort to educate. :-)