Regional Championships Concludes

13 Apr shonakamori 2 Comments »

Just finished judging the Region 1 Championships over the weekend, and I’ve gotta say that that was by far the longest weekend of judging for me.  It was definitely tough to be focused on every single deduction on 800+ routines, but it was well worth it.  Not only was it fun seeing some great routines (especially the optionals session) but it was nice seeing the kids continuing to work hard and getting better!  I’ve been judging for about 7 years now and it’s been fun seeing the kids improve over the years (especially the ones from out of state since I generally only judge in Northern California).  Just seeing that made everything worth it!  Plus, as I always say, I want to do my part to give back to the gymnastics community, and this is the least I can do.  With regionals over, I won’t be judging again until next season (unfortunately I won’t be at JO Nationals).  That said, I wish all of the athletes luck in their summer training!

Wanted to give a quick shout out to the parents of these gymnasts.  Each one should give themselves a pat on the back!  It’s not easy to take time off of work and travel long and far to bring their kids to these meets.  Behind every athlete is a ton of support from family, coaches and friends.  Can’t forget about the coaches either.  Some of them were there for every single session starting from Thursday – Sunday.  I understand that their job is to be there for the athletes but I wanted to point it out that it’s definitely a lot of work keeping the athletes safe.  Big thanks to the coaches!

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2 Comments on “ Regional Championships Concludes ”

  1. Josh April 15, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Hey Sho, good job with the judging man. I can’t imagine sitting there for as long as you had to judging all those sessions. It was funny to see you on day one first session and how awake/alert you looked and then again on day four. haha, quite the difference I must say. I walked passed you after session one day four and you looked like a walking zombie, completely understandable though. How you made it through the rest of the day I don’t know but I’m assuming you did! Good job man, to you and all the couches. It was a great regionals.

  2. shonakamori April 15, 2011 at 12:29 am

    thanks for the comment josh. haha, walking zombie is so right! focusing on all of those routines takes a lot out of you. but then again, i can’t let that get in the way. i have to bring my “a-game” because i know that the kids are also giving it all they’ve got!

    it was a great regionals! another big thanks to all the coaches, staff, and parents for making it a good one!

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