I came to Diablo Gymnastics in the summer of 1969. This was back in the day when summer school was interesting and schools still taught gymnastics. My summer school gymnastics teacher told us that there was going to be a show over the weekend, and we could attend for extra credit in his class. So my friend Karen and I watched the very first Flip Flop Follies. We LOVED it! After the show, we hounded our parents mercilessly until they let us join Diablo Gymnastics and my life was never the same again.
At some point Dad decided the tuition costs were too high, so I started coaching part time to pay my own tuition. Later, I got a “real” job, commuting into San Francisco each morning at 6am to be off work in time to be at the gym for team practice. I competed for Diablo for ten years, retiring at the age of 23.
When I told Mr. Gault I had to quit gymnastics because it was interfering with my job, he decided that I should quit my job and come teach for him. In spite of my mom’s advice that a person could not make a career of teaching gymnastics (“it’s a nice hobby, dear, but you’ll need something to fall back on”), I decided to I would just coach for a little while until I found out what I was really supposed to do with my life.
Mr. Gault left for the University of Arizona in 1980. One thing led to another, decades passed, and here I still am today. How great is it to spend my whole life doing what I love? Working with my two daughters and all of the incredible teachers here, I can’t help but feel a huge sense of gratitude to the universe for proving that Mom was wrong.