Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by Kim Conley
All Access with Jasmine: Overcoming Adversity
I would like to dedicate this blog post to the Small Dawgs of 2014, my parents, coaches and athletic trainers. Thank you for always being there and showing me what family is all about.
Hey readers! So it’s been a while since I have last checked in with you guys, but I hope you are all doing well in preparation for Worlds and tryout season! This past month has been pretty hard on me because last month I tore my achilles tendon at practice while preparing for NCA Nationals. The competition was only three weeks out when I got injured. As you can probably guess, this absolutely rocked my world because life as I knew it had pretty much ended, or so I thought. Nonetheless, our awesome athletic trainers took great care of me and reassured me that I would be okay.
A few days later I had surgery. Although I had to stay in bed all day, my spirits were lifted by my amazing teammates who stayed by my side. They gave me a cookie cake, cards, jewels to decorate my cast, candy, endless rides to class and they even sat at my bedside just to hangout and keep me entertained. No matter what, they were always there to make me feel better.
Reality set in even more as Nationals approached and I realized that I would no longer be on the Daytona Beach Bandshell with my teammates, and that meant everything to me. On the bright side, I still got to go to Daytona with my team.. I didn’t even have to use my crutches because my mom provided me with a decked out knee scooter with red poms and a pink glittery basket to match my cast. THANKS MOM! That scooter brought me the most happiness during this injury, believe it or not. Crutches slowed me down and hurt my armpits, but my scooter was everything and my teammates loved it.
On the first day of the competition, our team had to compete pretty early in the morning starting with warmups around 8:30. The mentality of greatness was embedded in each of my teammates’ minds, and I could tell as I made my way to the front of the stage. The music came on, and it was go time. Everything looked solid, stunts were great, tumbling was awesome and the energy was at an all time high! The Small Dawgs took to the prelims mat and left their hearts out there.
Feeling excited and pumped up after the performance, we went into day two in second place. Throughout the competition, Varsity cameras followed our team around. It appeared that everyone had high expectations for the Small Dawgs, and we were more than happy to step up to the plate. After warmups on day two, we felt highly prepared and ready to show NCA what we were made of. Before my team took the stage, I scooted my way around to the front of the stage and awaited their grand entrance.
Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for had arrived. The Small Dawgs presented themselves on the bandshell as the sun shined down on them with hundreds of fans out in the audience. “Music is on,” our coach yelled, and the rest was history.
With a few mishaps, we still managed to finish in the top three! Our final days in Daytona were spent basking in the sun at Stuntfest and spending quality time with our teammates since several would be graduating.
This past weekend we had UGA cheerleading tryouts for the 2014-2015 season. I am proud to say that you will be seeing me back between the hedges in the fall for my senior year, fully recovered and ready to hunker down. Go Dawgs!