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14 too late to start gymnastics?

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Asked at 2011.05.09 23:49:43
I'm fourteen and gymnastics has LITERALLY been my passion. When I was little, I spent hours teaching my self, my mom didn't have the money to let me do it and now all I still want to do is it, I know I might not have a chance at olympics or anything, but it's literally my dream to at least compete nationally or even get a scholarship? I pick up things easily and I work extremely hard, but I don't want it to be late for me to do this. Can anyone please help me? I really just need someone, anyone to tell me if it's too late, please someone with experience.
answer gymnastics4life <3  Answered at 2011.05.09 23:49:43
Never! I'm almost 15 and started this past September at the age of 14. Its an awesome sport; definitely worth trying. :) However, and I hate to say this, but your chances of competing nationally or getting a scholarship are extremely low. :| I totally know how you feel though. I'd LOVE to get to compete nationally or get a scholarship, but I know I probably won't be able to. To do either of those, you really have to start young and be in the higher levels.

I mean, you can definitely still compete, but just not nationally. Nationals are for the higher levels, which take years to reach. I mean, you can still get to about level 5 or 6 by the time you're 18 though, if you work hard. :) Or, you could look into some gyms around you and see if they offer a club team. A club team is different from USAG and allows older beginners to compete on their own level. Even better, if your high school doesn't have a team, you can compete as an individual for your school on a club team. Any way you want to go, there are still ways you can compete as an older beginner. :)

Really, all I can say is START. NOW. I wanted to started almost two years ago and didn't for a while. I really hate to think about all the skills I could have right now if I had. :| So, go on yellowpages.com and search gymnastics. Look into some gyms, and find some classes you want to take. Actually, since all the classes are wrapping up for the year, I would probably look into their summer classes and camps. These will give you a chance to get some skills down before classes start in the Fall.

Good luck, and I hope this helps! :)
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