This July, our Arrowhead Sports Performance Director, Chris McGovern, selected Hope Sunseri as our Athlete of the Month. Hope is 10 years old and had her first meet when she was 8 ½ years old. She has completed one full season as a compulsory gymnast and one full season as an optional gymnast.
“Hope shows up when she’s supposed to and works hard,” Chris said. “What more can a trainer ask for?”
Last year, our Cave Creek Clinical Director, Kristen Collins, PT, helped Hope heal from an ankle injury. And this year, Hope started training with Chris at our Arrowhead facility three times a week in May and four times a week in June.
“I would go every day if my mom would take me,” Hope said. “Because I really love conditioning and strength training.”
She first got into gymnastics while taking recreational classes. She would watch the girls’ teams train and immediately knew that was what she wanted to do. After one of her first classes, she told her mom that she wanted to be a “real gymnast.”
Hope loves bars, beam and floor equally. She says vault is her weak event. Her high scores are vault: 9.0, bars: 9.525, beam: 9.575, floor: 9.575 and all-around: 36.675. Her goal is to raise her scores on every event next season, but especially on vault.
Hope would like to compete in the Olympics someday and when she’s done competing, she would like to be a gymnastics coach like her mom.
In her free time, when she’s done working out, she still likes to hang out at the gym and visit with everyone. She also likes to watch videos of her favorite gymnasts on YouTube. Outside of gymnastics, she likes to swim.