Amelia Bowman, Hertford College, 5th year Medicine
How did you get involved with OUGym?
I came along to a welcome session and never left!
Did you do gymnastics when you were younger?
I originally started out doing acrobatic gymnastics when I was 10, when I came to University, I started learning how to do artistic gymnastics. Before Covid we used to do ball performances which was a great chance to keep my acrobatic skills up to par while learning something new.
What does a normal training session look like for you?
Normally I’ll warm up with the team, stretch, spend some extra time stretching then start on floor. If there’s a competition coming up, I will try to split my time equally between floor, vault, beam and bars, otherwise I’ll just focus on two apparatus a session. After some hard work (and lots of chat breaks), I’ll warm down and get the bus back with everyone.
What is your fondest memory with OUGym?
Going into my fifth year of being on the team means I have too many memories to share in one sentence, however if I had to pick one, it would be the various Christmas dinners and secret Santa’s we’ve done over the years, each one is unforgettable.
What would you say to someone considering joining OUGym?
It’s never too late to give it a go, come along and you might surprise yourself. I promise you don’t have to be flexible (it’s a myth).