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Personal Reflective Essay -At the age of five, both my Mum and Gran had noticed my keen interest in Baton Twirling.

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Jodie Downing Personal Reflective Essay From a young age I had always felt a sense of resentment towards my Gran. While other children played outside after school, I would be sitting impatiently at the piano waiting for my half hours practice to end. While other children watched their favourite TV programmes, my brother and I would be completing next weeks homework and being made to take part in extra spelling tests as we waited for our mum to collect us after her 10 hour day as a bank manager. However as I have approached adulthood, I realise that I would not be the person I am today without my Gran. I had always had a keen interest in dancing and had attended a local class for a few years. At the age of five, both my Mum and Gran had noticed my keen interest in Baton Twirling. Mum decided to enrol me in the competitive baton twirling classes, being quite a competitive person herself. The class was part of the same dance school I had been attending years. I hated it instantly. I had never been given my own routine before and hated myself, when I was unable to do a "big trick" or had forgotten the routine that only I would know. ...read more.

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"So Jodie..." my dance teacher paused with a smile (which was rather rare) "How would you fancy going to Portsmouth?" My worried expression quickly became a huge grin. Portsmouth is the city that hosts the annual BBTSA British Championships. "I take that as a... definitely" my mum joked. I had listened to endless stories that began with "Remember in Portsmouth..." and finished with "OH MY GOD that was hilarious!" I had told my mum on countless occasions, "My life would be so much better, if I could go to Portsmouth... HINT, HINT!" As Nationals grew closer, I managed to balance my time equally between training and piano. However as my Gran began to lay off the amount of practice I was to do, my mum would have me at the Magnum at least four times a week perfecting my routines. It was the first morning of the three day competition. The tension in the hall was almost unbearable. I felt like a mouse in a warehouse. My Gran had phoned a few seconds before my section "Tiny Tot Beginner" was called, I was grabbed by Mums who were either adding to the tonne of hairspray that was already on my precise bun or they were ...read more.

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I was too busy worrying about not being placed that I barely heard... "And your Solo Twirl Tiny Tot Champion is... Jodie Downing". As Scotland cheered and applauded, the only thing I wanted to do was phone my Gran and hear her reaction. I proudly walked onto the shiny white podium to the number one, to be proudly presented with my Royal Blue sash and huge gold trophy. My mum was ecstatic and had contacted my Gran before I had the chance to inform her of my good news. My proud Mum was ecstatic and had contacted my Gran before I had the chance to inform her. The following two days were mostly the same and, in the end, I won four out of six events championship titles and the Overall Award. This time my Gran really was "Over the moon" as I was the best athlete in my age division meaning I won a scholarship to train in Sweden for two weeks with World and International coaches. I feel that with my competitive attitude and my Gran's guidance, I have the perfect balance in life and therefore feel that my Gran has reflected her personality in such a way that I have been affected (for the better!). Word Count: 1224 ...read more.

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