Team PEI Canada Games 2011: Katherine Slysz

Katherine Slysz’s love for gymnastics began modestly at the age of seven. Like most children, she loved playing on the jungle gym. Her mother recognized her natural skills on the monkey bars and decided to sign her up for gymnastics.

Katherine Slysz’s love for gymnastics began modestly at the age of seven. Like most children, she loved playing on the jungle gym. Her mother recognized her natural skills on the monkey bars and decided to sign her up for gymnastics. It’s incredible to think that eight years later she would be named Gymnastics PEI’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year and would be representing her province at the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Artistic gymnastics requires strength, agility and dedication. At the age of 15, Charlottetown’s Katherine Slysz has been able to harness these qualities to a level that has thrust her into the gymnastics spotlight. To prepare for the Canada Games, she has been training for 18 hours a week. To keep up this level of physical performance, she knows the value of Staying Healthy. “Proper nutrition and training are really important. If you don’t have enough energy, you’re not going to be able to do anything. And, if you don’t keep yourself in shape, you’re going to lose everything that you’ve worked so hard for.”

Over the course of her athletic career, Katherine has come to appreciate the many benefits of sport. Besides agility, balance, and strength, she has acquired other skills and qualities that follow her outside of the gym. “Gymnastics has taught me to reach for my goals and never give up. It has taught me to have determination for everything I do.”

Katherine loves her sport and understands the importance of Giving Back. During the regular season, she coaches the next generation of young gymnasts every Saturday. “I really love coaching the kids. I’d like to do more and more of it after the Canada Games.”

Her advice to all aspiring young athletes is to Go For It. “If you really want something, you should never give up. Really try your hardest and keep a positive attitude.”

True Sport wishes Katherine the best of success at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and in the future!