Tumblers' Tales: Nicole Roach

  • By Nicole Roach
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  • August 19, 2011 11:46 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Though the first meet of the 2012 season is still more than four months away, the West Virginia University gymnastics team is already gearing up for its first official practice on Sept. 19.

The Mountaineers will be periodically checking in throughout the fall, providing updates of the progress made in Cary Gym and in the weight room. They also will share stories from their multiple team-bonding trips and activities.

This year’s first entry comes from senior Nicole Roach. A three-time first team all-EAGL bars honoree, Roach, a South Lyon, Mich., native, also has contributed to the beam lineup over the past two seasons. The consummate teammate, her leadership in the gym will be valued this season.

Summer has flown by! I have done so much, and yet I can’t believe it is already coming to an end. I have had time to relax and recover from my postseason shoulder surgery and have taken the opportunity to spend time with my family, which has been very enjoyable.

During the first half of the summer, I came home and spent time with my family in Michigan. We are so busy with school and gym during the year that I take every chance I can to spend time with my family.

When I was at home I took my mom to her many doctor appointments and radiation treatments. She is doing great now! My family got the news that she is cancer-free at this time, which is the best news that I have heard in a long time. When we found out, I could not believe what I was hearing, and it made me think of all the support that I had throughout the year. I am very thankful for my teammates, coaches and trainers, and I really appreciate all the support provided by WVU for getting my family and me through this long process thus far.

After being home for a little bit, I headed back to school for our WVU gymnastics camp and a couple of summer classes. Camp is always a fun experience for both the WVU team members and campers. This year, I decided to be a camp counselor which was an awesome experience! It was so cool to meet all of the girls and to get to know them on a more personal level. The best part of the whole camp was seeing the girls grow, learn new skills and conquer their fears throughout the week.

Many of my teammates have been in the gym throughout the summer. Everyone has been working really hard and learning new skills, which is promising for the upcoming season. We have so much talent already on the team and joining us that I can only expect for us all to do well this year!

My senior year is about to start, and I’m excited yet nervous to see what the season has to offer. Even though it is my last year, I am ready to make the most of it. Our team is ready for whatever is thrown our way, and I can’t wait to get started! Let’s Go Mountaineers!!