Just back from competing at the Commonwealth Games 2018, Scottish international gymnast Cara Kennedy tells you why you should be nominating someone for a Renfrewshire Sports Award!
Cara (second from right) with her teammates at the Gold Coast
How was your recent experience at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast?
It was unbelievable! Our team competed very well and finished 5th, I made the all-round final finishing 9th and the vault finishing 7th. I am very happy with the results and to spend nearly a month in Australia was just amazing!
How did you first get involved within gymnastics?
I first went to gymnastics because my big sister did and because I always had too much energy and was jumping and climbing everywhere so my parents thought let’s try gymnastics!
Who or what has been your biggest influence?
My biggest influences are my personal coach Sandra and my parents. Both have been there for me from the first day I stepped into the gymnastics hall.
How important do you think it is for volunteers and coaches to be recognised for their work within sport?
It is very important for coaches and volunteers to be recognised for their work because they each have vital roles to play in order for the athlete to do theirs. It is 100% a team effort.
What has been your biggest achievement so far and who helped you achieve it?
My biggest achievement so far was coming 9th in the all round final equalling the top Scottish women’s ranking in the Commonwealth Games history. Also, with that my teammate Shannon Archer ranked 10th, therefore we created history as the first two gymnasts to both place in the top 10 at the event.
What would your advice be to anyone looking to get involved within gymnastics and other sports?
Getting involved with gymnastics or any sport will change your life! It’ll give you so many opportunities and experiences that you can’t even imagine. You will get to meet new people and go to competitions all around the world!
Why do you think people should nominate for the Renfrewshire Sports Awards 2018?
You should nominate them because it recognises their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for sport. There are many coaches, volunteers and officials who deserve to be showcased at the Renfrewshire Sports Awards for their hard work. So nominate them now!!
Click here to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised. Nominations close Friday 29th June 2018.