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Mialara competes in the 2015 IAIGC World Championships in California.

To qualify for the 2015 IAIGC World Championships in California I had to compete in October 2014. Luckily I achieved the marks I needed and qualified for all 4 events, Bars, Beam, Floor and Vault.  I knew there were 8 stressful months ahead to get me into Championship condition and prepare myself for my first ever World Championship.  The preparation was far harder than I ever imagined and many times I was told by my coach that I wouldn’t be going, I wasn’t working hard enough and my routines were not up to scratch.

I changed my mentality and began to push myself harder, which wasn’t easy but I managed it. With 2 other competitions before we were due to leave, my scores were looking good for floor and beam.  Suddenly it was 8 months down the line and I was sitting on a plane heading to Palm Springs, CA. The journey was 16 hours long, with connecting flights from Dallas. There was a slight hiccup on arrival as we had to wait, in the intense heat, at the security gates before we were identified. Once inside the complex though it was worth it. We stayed in individual apartment-like rooms, with washing machines and kitchens with dishwashers and yes we went crazy for a while!!  

The first few days were spent training and getting used to the floor and pieces. We did manage to get out and about to have a look around but the focus was the competition. I was first to compete out of our group, in the Bronze category (13-17). My floor earned a score of 9.350 out of a possible 9.500, putting me in 1st place qualifying. My excitement was soon taken away when we found out I was penalised for an illegal step in my routine. The GB coaches argued fiercely but the score stood and even though I was devastated not to qualify for floor- my strongest event, I carried on and qualified 3rd on beam and 4th on vault for the next day’s finals.

The finals were extremely tense, and although I was very nervous I pulled off the best beam routine I have ever done, scoring 9.150 and winning silver. My vault came in 4th, giving me an overall place of 11th. I felt so proud and was so pleased for my coach Nicola too.

We spent the last few days watching everyone else compete and also managed to fit in trips to Universal Studios, LA, 6 flags theme park, Walmart and other famous diners.

On the flight home not only did we get to meet the pilot, we got bumped up to Club Class. This World Championships really was the trip of a lifetime. 

Report written by Mialara Coleman.