It takes commitment and time management to be a competitive gymnast, as Rockleigh resident Vanessa Malhame ’19 knows very well. A member of Galaxy Gymnastics team in Orangeburg, NY, Vanessa began competing in the fourth grade and participates in about ten gymnastics competitions each year. “This past year, I have traveled to South Carolina; Buffalo, NY; Virginia; and Boston; as well as more local places such as Manhattan,” she says.
She notes, “The key to my success as a teenager, athlete, student, and daughter is time management. Every free and lunch period is spent doing homework, every afternoon is spent at the gym—I practice five to six times a week for 3½ hours a day—and every evening is spent with family, most likely followed by more homework.
“In the past, all of this has become almost unbearable and very stressful, making me question all the reasons I was putting myself through this. However, with the support of all those I love, I realized that I have learned so many life lessons from my gymnastics and wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.”