By Aishlyn Bruce
The school is composed of many talented people that are involved with with sports, drama, art, music, and several other activities available for students to pursue on campus. Freshman Khloe Bernice is one of many talented athletes as she pursues her dreams in gymnastics. Gymnastics combines the skills of body control, coordination, and strength with tumbling, all performed in an artistic manner. Bernice accomplished this through the years of training to build her endurance to fulfill her goals.
Bernice has been a gymnast since she was four years old, and started partaking in competitive meets when she was nine years old. She started in a training facility gym at Elevate in Sacramento, followed by Naydenov in Washington. Bernice now attends a gym called Fallbrook Gymnastics Club. “My favorite part about gymnastics is competing because all that hard work I put at the gym gets paid off and I get to perform while having fun,” stated Bernice. The vault is the gymnastics structure in which gymnasts perform, as well as the skill performed using it. The floor refers to a specially prepared routine by gymnasts in which they show their skills of jumping, dancing, and tumbling. Her experiences as a gymnast have paid off as she has received many awards and achievements. “I have earned two national titles in 2017 on floor and vault, two state titles on floor, and all around, and I placed third out of sixty girls that I competed with,” explained Bernice. She is motivated to pursue gymnastics in her adulthood as she keeps working hard and dedicating herself to her passion.
Bernice did not just become a talented athlete out of the blue. It took time, motivation, and inspiration for her to come this far in her gymnast career. Bernice stated, “Kerrie Strug was my inspiration to become a better gymnast because when she vaulted in the 1996 Olympics, she broke her ankle and still stood up and did another vault to win the United States the All Around Gold Metal. She definitely pushed me to be the best I could be.” Having an Olympic athlete as an inspiration pushes Bernice more and more everyday to better herself as an athlete, as it teaches her that trials and tribulations will try to defeat her success, but blocking the adversities and doing her best will get her far in her career. Bernice, just like any other athlete, has strengths in a certain area of the sport. “I have always loved tumbling and had a passion for tumbling on the floor, so I would consider that one of my strengths in gymnastics,” she described. Along with her strengths come weaknesses as well, as Bernice said, “My weaknesses are beam and bars. Beam has always been one of my weaknesses because you have a fear of what if I fall off and get hurt and that is something I need to overcome. Bars is just an event I never trained as much as the others.” Strengths and weaknesses taught her that every athlete what they need to improve on, and what they excel in as they will benefit from it in the long run.
Bernice shows others that anyone can pursue a sport, but those who dedicate time, effort, and passion towards it can become the best version as imagined.