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Do What You Love

by Makayla Woodman

I look up to my Coach and former teacher Kim Nichols. She is always pushing us to do our best and not be afraid to try new things.

So much is on Mrs. Nichols shoulders.

She has to juggle being a teacher and a coach, in addition to being a wife, and a mother of two dogs.

Some of you may or may not know she was a gymnast herself, she also helped out before she did high school gymnastics as a manager.

Coach teaches us new things everyday, and helps us strive to be our best.

Some days she will even get out and warmup with us.

If you say you can’t do something,  she will make her best attempt to do it herself and make you understand that if she can do it, you can do it.

Gymnastics is a time consuming sport. I am impressed with the fact she can juggle school work, and being a wife as well as coach’s this many girls.

Mrs. Nichols also creates videos of every competition you have competed in, as well as some other fun pictures and other events throughout the season.

Taking the time to go through all the footage, edit it, and put it on a CD, for every girl, has to take a while.

I admire that she can take the time to do that for us, as a memory.

Coach hosts a christmas party every year, where we all bring a present and we make a big pile of presents and draw names to and pick a gift from the pile.

This is usually held at her house, but this year it was held at our practice gym.

Coach had posters of each girl made and we hung them around our gym.

She also made the exact same thing, but in like a flag form and we got to take them home.

Making all of those had to have cost a lot of money. She gave us all a christmas present that will be a great memory, and reminder of our years in high school gymnastics.

Many other coaches ask her how she keeps this many girls in line, and the answer is that she has control, she doesn’t do drama, and she gives us the attention we all need to succeed as a gymnast.

She understands and learns from her mistakes in previous years and makes the years to come even better.

Mrs. Nichols truly inspires me to be a better person, to leave my drama at the door, and continue to do what you love.  She taught me to not be afraid to try new things, and to push myself to be the best I can be. I am thankful for my experience with her and always remember my years in CHS gymnastics.

 

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