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UWCSEA East Gymnast Viggo makes Swedish National Team!

UWCSEA Communications team
30 September 2022

From qualifying for the Swedish National Team to competing at the European and Nordic Championships, Grade 9 student Viggo has had an exciting year in gymnastics. He is currently a member of the UWCSEA Dragons gymnastics team, a Swedish club called Motus Salto and the Swedish National teamIn this interview, we talk to Viggo about his experience with gymnastics, his goals and dreams, as well as how he balances his rigorous academic programme with his demanding training schedule.

UWCSEA East student gymnast Viggo
UWCSEA East student gymnast Viggo

Tell us about how you got into gymnastics

I got started with gymnastics because my parents thought it looked like an interesting sport so they asked me if I wanted to try it. I tried it and fell in love with the sport.

What is the biggest challenge you face being a gymnast?

The biggest challenge I face being a gymnast is learning new skills. It’s very hard and scary to learn new exercises as there is a big chance of me getting injured. But you should always be determined and you’ll do fine.

What do you enjoy most about gymnastics?

The thing I enjoy the most about gymnastics is competing abroad and meeting new people and other gymnasts. I also love developing new skills and learning new things.

What have you learnt from gymnastics?

From gymnastics, I've learnt to be resilient and never give up. I've also learnt that you should always do your best and even if you make one mistake you should continue going because anything can happen.

How often do you train and how do you balance both your studies and sports?

I used to train 6 days a week, 4 hours a day but now I’ve actually started doing football 3 days a week as well so I do football 3 days a week and gymnastics 3 days a week. I balance my training and studying by studying when I come home in the evening and I study when I am off from training on Sundays.

What are your goals for the future in gymnastics? 

My goals for the future in gymnastics are to Compete Junior and Senior World Championships, Youth and Senior Olympic Games and Winning medals in the European Championships.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about getting into gymnastics?

Advice I have for other people that want to start training gymnastics is that you should not be too hard on yourself because you will always learn in the end. Another advice is to never give up because you will see improvement coming slowly if you always give a 100%. I would say that it was really fun competing European Championships and Nordic Championships and for anyone that has big dream I want to tell them to continue to work hard and they will one day reach their goals!