Giarnni Regini-Moran – gymnast
At the young age of 18 years old, Giarnni has already achieved the following:
Giarnni started at the Denes in September 2011 in year 9, aged 13. This is what he told us:
“School for me was just about seeing my friends and getting a basic education. I have never been an academic person and always concentrated more on my sport or physical education. The teachers were very supportive towards my Gymnastics. I hung around with the people that always got in trouble but the memories I have from school were worth the telling offs! Ha ha! I always had this vision: a belief that I was going to make it as an athlete and that was going to be my job.
“Unfortunately, my coach left Waveney Gymnastics Club and moved up to a great facility in London called Europa. If I wanted to follow my dreams I would have to move there too, so mum and dad took a long hard think and agreed that we would have to take the risk. It started off with dad driving me to London every night! When eventually it got too much, we found a house that we could rent and we moved.
“It all started for me in 2014 when I was selected to go to the Junior Europeans which was held in Bulgaria. Now this was taking place at the same time as my GCSEs… so what did I choose? I chose to compete, obviously!
“The first day was team comp and we won Gold! It was the best feeling in the world knowing that all the hard work had paid off. I then qualified for the Floor and Vault Final which was a few days later. Unfortunately, the night before the final I rolled my ankle off a huge curb! I was in pain and on crutches the night before my final. My coach took me to the hospital because I was certain that I was still going to compete. It turned out that I had partially torn some ligaments. The medical team didn’t want me to compete, but nothing was going to stop me! So they gave me loads of painkillers and made me sleep with my foot in the ice machine. The next day arrived and, with my foot taped up, I proceeded to win floor and silver on the vault! I couldn’t even describe how I felt.
“After that I healed well and got back to the bouncy me.
“A few months later was the Youth Olympic Games. My team mate was supposed to be competing, but couldn’t due to a back injury, so they asked me to step in. I became Youth Olympic Champion AA (all-around), FX (floor exercise), VT (vault), and Bronze on PB (parallel bars) and HB (horizontal bar). Most recently, in May 2016 I became Junior European champion AA, FX, VT silver medalist on PB.
“Unfortunately, two days before the Olympic trials I slipped off the high bar and snapped my PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), partially tore my MCL (medial collateral ligament) and hamstring, then chipped a small part of my tibula which made it impossible to attend the trials.
“My motivational icon/hero is Conor McGregor. He is a professional UFC fighter and a true inspiration.”
Giarnni is currently rehabilitating after a knee injury and is therefore busy with strength and conditioning every day. He is hoping to compete again in December in the United States.
“Whatever you want to achieve in life, you can achieve. You have to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. There will be times when you fail or have to face adversity, but don’t give up. Learn from it, and go and achieve what you dreamed of doing.”
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
T E Lawrence
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