I started gymnastics at a very late age, it was an unheard sport and maybe that’s why I didn’t come upon it sooner. A few years into the sport and I still didn’t know much about it, I was still a baby when it comes to gymnastics.
In 2017, The Indian Gymnastics league was introduced to us gymnasts; this league was the new major competition which was going to spread the word about gymnastics as a sport. Being one of the first ever gymnasts to be competing in this competition I was very nervous as I was inexperienced.
The whole ambiance of the audience and my fellow gymnasts and coaches cheering me on brought upon a new light to the sport showing me that hard work does pay off.
The league introduced us to a different set of rules other than what we used in regular competition; this was to make it easier and enjoyable for the players and the audience watching.
Through the development of teamwork and how to rely on teammates, brought about a different level of team spirit within me, it pushed me to be a better gymnast. I learnt a lot by watching and learning from my experienced teammates and competitors.
The following year I was once again going to be competing in the league and I couldn’t have been more excited, the previous year’s competition built my confidence and I couldn’t wait to show off my skills in a fun and exciting environment. The whole ambiance of the audience and my fellow gymnasts and coaches cheering me on brought upon a new light to the sport showing me that hard work does pay off.
This league has helped us spread the word about the gymnastics world and the hard work that goes into being a gymnast. It helped to show me what I am capable of, and I am super excited for the third season as it will be better than the years before and keep getting better in the years to come.
Diya Chopra is a National level gymnast from Mumbai.