Though some won’t admit it, most parents of a sporting child at some stage harbour dreams of elite level success. In 2016 we featured a piece called My Daughter Became a World Champion – the story of 13 year old gymnast Libby Roebuck told by her Mum, Shelley. Some two years later, and now 15, we caught up with Libby who, this time, told the latest chapter of her story herself.
After the success of America 2016, I continued competing through 2017 and 2018.
2017 was a rather successful year after being undefeated at all my competitions. In March I won my UK Gymnastics regional qualifier in 1st place to qualify to the National All-Around finals as well as the Individual Apparatus Finals for all 4 pieces.
The titles kept coming!
In June I won another competition called the National Roses. Individual national finals came around in October and I gained 4 golds and became National champion for Level 5 on all events.
I competed against girls of all ages! The following weekend I competed in the all-around final which I won and become National level 5 All-around champion, again against all the age groups!
I was very happy with my results that year! November came around and I competed in my first qualifier for the USAIGC World Championships! I won and qualified but my performance could have been better, as I came away with an injury to my foot after dismounting bars (luckily, my final piece).
After a break over Christmas I returned to training and in February 2018 I competed in another qualifier for the USAIGC World Championships. I had already qualified so there was no pressure but I just wanted to get a better score. I did and won and qualified again! 8 of the other girls from my club also qualified but only 6 were able to go.
Before I knew it we were in full swing for fund-raising for America. After bake sales, bag packs and market performances we raised lots of money and bought our leotards, entry fees as well as our KUDOS jackets! They were personalised and super comfortable. May came and the next National Roses, I retained my title and came away with the judges choice trophy for my choreography on beam!
Hard work and injuries are a part of sport
Months of hard work and preparation flew by and then we were off to America. We all competed to our best ability coming away with 20 medals between the 7 of us. 3 podium finishes in event finals, 6 event finals and 2 top 10 finishes. However, I didn’t have the competition I wanted.
After sustaining a knee injury during warm-up I went on to compete in the silver all-around competition. I came 8th against the 30 best 15 year olds from America, Canada, South Africa and the UK. I qualified in 1st to floor final with a 9.500/10 and as a reserve in 11th on all the other events. I came 6th in floor final with a 9.375 / 10 but all the scores were incredibly close.
That afternoon I competed as an event specialist on beam and floor in the gold level. After my knee injury I was struggling with all my moves in warm up but I qualified through to gold floor final! My brother had made a bet that if I came in the top 3 (medal position) he would buy me a leotard so I went and did my best routine I could and came away with 2nd! I missed out by 0.1 but I wasn’t bothered as we only did gold as experience!
The best bit of the entire competition, though, were the compliments on our tracksuits which included our wonderful personalised KUDOS jacket. Thank you KUDOS for your help!
6 weeks after America and my knee injury, I’m back training and preparing for my upcoming competitions and – who knows – America 2019?
Thanks so much to Libby for taking the time to update us, congratulations on another couple of years… and thanks for the compliments! Good luck for 2019!
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