No matter Haylee Whitehead does in her personal gymnastics profession, she will be able to declare some credit score for her older sister’s spectacular achievements.
Creative gymnast Emily Whitehead will compete at her second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after a brutal 4 years throughout which, in her phrases, “there have been a lot more downs than ups”.
Among the many many hard-earned classes for the reason that Gold Coast Games, the 22-year-old discovered that Haylee was the best lockdown coaching accomplice.
After successful two bronze medals on the 2018 Games, Whitehead’s profession shuddered to a halt the next 12 months when she suffered two severe again fractures.
It meant three months in a again brace, at a time when she ought to have been making ready for the Tokyo Olympics.
Then, every week after Emily returned to full coaching, Melbourne went into its first COVID-19 lockdown.
“I am beyond proud. I know I couldn’t have done this without my support system – they really carried me through those challenging times,” Emily stated.
Haylee, 10 years her junior and likewise a gymnast, proved Emily’s lockdown secret coaching weapon.
“She kept me going through lockdown. She was so excited to train at home with me,” Whitehead stated.
“It was just nice to see someone so excited and push me.
“She’s fairly eager to obtain among the issues I’ve achieved.”
Whitehead went to her first Olympics in Tokyo and is among four members of the Birmingham gymnastics team, announced on Monday, who are going to their second Commonwealth Games.
“Wanting again on it, I am glad I made the choice to simply cease, get well, get my physique proper and put together for the long run,” she said of her enforced break after the back fractures.
“It has been actually powerful – there have been much more downs than ups.
“I’ve grown a lot as a person and I’m grateful for those challenges – lockdown sure did not make it easy, but I’ve definitely become a much stronger person overall.
“I am excited for the subsequent chapter.”
It’s also a new era for gymnastics, with the national governing body in the midst of change after damning investigations into the sport’s culture and treatment of athletes.
“It is extraordinarily vital because it’s setting the tone for the subsequent cycle,” Whitehead said of the Birmingham team.
“There are a number of modifications which were taking place and there are nonetheless extra that may occur over time, however I believe we’re on the right track.
“My goal is Paris (Olympics), but Paris is with the team. That’s key for me.”
Whitehead stated the modifications within the sport are already obvious.
“It’s funny, I went on another international trip and it was such a fun trip – it was run totally differently to any other trip I’d been on, so I’m excited for more,” she stated.