How I Tackled Handstands and Hoop Tricks…

Alina Grigorescu’s story is fascinating – she was a Romanian gymnastics international before leaving the sport because she was ‘too old’ (to put that in context she’s only 32 now).

She went on to work in the theatre in Romania but there wasn’t a lot of money in it so she joined the Zippo Circus here in theUK.  She now runs the rhythmic gymnastics at GLL’s Hendon Leisure Centre. All of which explains how she ended up coaching John, Charlotte, Jon and I one grey Monday afternoon.

To her credit she managed to keep a smile on her face (occasionally bordering on outright laughter) as I failed to do the splits, made a complete mess of my forward roll / cartwheel / hand stand and made various cack-handed attempts to perform tricks with a ball, hoop and skipping rope. To be fair, the other 3 offered more promising material but, overall, I suspect we didn’t represent the pinnacle of her professional career.

For all my ineptitude, she gave us a thorough work out – including some stretches I can still feel a week later – and a great introduction to rhythmic gymnastics. She then choreographed a routine for the four of us incorporating the skills we’d ‘learnt’ – enjoy!

Enjoyed the routine? Why wouldn’t you… But if so please do sponsor my efforts here: Every donation, no matter how large or how small is really appreciated.

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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