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In Conversation with Alice Kinsella

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This episode we are talking olympic medallist Alice Kinsella 

Hi, I'm Marianna and this is royal town talking podcast for what's on in certain Coldfield. Today I'm here with Olympic medalists, gymnast Alice Kinsella. Hey, alas, thanks for joining me today. You must be in really high demand now since your amazing success in Tokyo. Yes, it's actually starting to feel real now. When it first happened honestly felt like a dream. So it does go good day start to see real and it's the first medal for us in the women's gymnastics team event for over ninety years. That's right, isn't it? Yes, that's crazy. So thing that as a team of have like made history and yet it just feels made of really like that is that just shows that hard work does really pay off. Absolutely it does. How have you celebrated since you've been back home? So I had like a...

...little surprise party for done for me, which was really nice, and then I had a little party in the gym which I've really enjoyed. So yeah, just just lots of parties, really just seeing all the family and getting together. It's been Nice, brilliant. So, Alice, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, because you're based here, but you're not originally from certain or field, are you? No, I was actually born in Brasildoen ethics and I moved up here when I was eighteen months. And football runs in your family, with your dad and your brother of course. So what inspired you to get into gymnastics? Why? I actually started to do in school and doing in school just men want to go to like a proper gym club, but also having like my dad and my brother do football, it just inspired me to reach my goals and get to the Olympics, which I did because my dad and brother there. They always reached their goals into in what they wanted to do. So yeah, that just really inspired me as well. Do you find that they push you quite hard? Yeah,...

...definitely. My brother's quite competitive. So when it comes to like little family competition, for it gets very competitive in the family. So, but that's literally all my family really like my uncle's and all that. The they're very competitive thing, just the competitive family. It's good, though. Makes you driven us to day. Definitely. So what's your training routine like? So at the moment it's quite shield because I'm not doing anything for any competitions for the rest of the year, but before the Olympics it was quite tense, but of course it has to be quite tense if you want to do well at the game. So yeah, it was double sessions pretty much every day. Maybe a single session once in the week, but it is literally routine to each in routines just to get them as perfect as possible and as confident, and I feel like that really works. So yeah, it was a it was a good lead up to the Games. What's your favorite part of gymnastics as a whole? Honestly, my favorite part is competing and as...

...gymnast we get to travel around the world, which I find really cool, and make international friendships. But obviously, honestly, it's literally just the competing for me, because that's what you train in the gym for, that's what you trying hard to do, is to compete. So yeah, many of the competitions. MMM, we've already had some amazing achievements. You've had three medals at the Commonwealth Games, the European goals and now will the Olympics. I don't know how you could beat that. Yeah, I know. Hopefully next Olympics you can. Maybe if it's a silver maybe, but I guess we'll say so. You said there's no more competitions for the rest of this year. What have you got pun for next year? So my next big goal is Commonwealth next year in Birmingham and I'm really looking forward to that. There's obviously it's in the home crowd, so that's going to be a lot of fun, and also worlds next year, as that's also in a home grown in Liverpool. So I I'm very excited for next year and I'm looking...

...forward to see what what happens. Sounds like you've got a busy year coming up then. Yes, what advice would you have for anyone looking to get into gymnastics? Honestly, if you're looking into getting into gymnastics, do it because it's honestly the best sport. I think it really is if you want to be if you want to be healthy and fit. Honestly, gymnastics of the best sport like I've really enjoyed. I've been doing it for seventeen years now. When I want change for the world, it's honestly such a nice sport. You make some good friendship, she gets travel around the world. Honestly, it's so, so good. Do you stay in touch with those people that you've met abroad. Yes, we do. Actually you mess message now and then, which is really nice. I like that a lot. So, outside of Jim, what else do you do? Not much actually, because I do quite a lot of Jim. Yeah, just like to chill, chill in bed, watch TV. Maybe I do sometimes go out with friends, but I also like to spend in a family and go out...

...families. Say, man, just chill, come always very tired. That seems fair. And of course covid and the lockdowns would have had a massive impact on you and your training. How did you overcome that? How did it affects you? I'd say it was good and bad. Obviously it was bad that it was the Olympics towards postponed, because we got to the first Olympic trial and then we had to cancel it because we knew the Olympics was getting canceled, which was an absolute nightmare because obviously works so, so hard for the past four years to finally get to where you wanted to get. But I guess it's kind of happened in a good way, because that extra year made me get back to my full fitness and I was able to upgrade my routines, which was really good. And Yeah, I guess what it was good and bad. But obviously it was bad that we had to have locked down free lockdowns, which wasn't so good. But I was lucky enough...

...to be able to still train, which was good, so that kept me going for the Games. Yeah, that's important. It's good that you was still Abel to rain during that time, because I guess that would be the most challenging thing for a lot of people's how to continue to maintain that fitness. Yeah, what it was hard because obviously the first lockdown I couldn't try and for about eight weeks that's when I definitely couldn't train because it said that athletes aren't allowed to train either. So what I did I was at home on Zoom with my club every day during fitness work, strength work, flexibility, and I felt like that really helped and it made it when I came back to the gym on my own, actually felt so, so much easier than I thought it was going to be, just because of all of that work I did one zoom. You must have a great relationship with those people you train with as well. Well. Yeah, definitely deaf. It's like a second home, really like second family. HMM. How do you think the the medal that you've brought back will impact gymnastics in Great Britain? I...

...feel like it's it will definitely inspire a lot more people like that is one of my goals in my gymnastics, not just to make competitions or get metal with my other goal is to inspire of a gymnastic inspire the next generation coming up, because, honestly, being a role model is probably just as important as getting a medal or going to the Olympics, I feel, because then people coming up are watching you and being able to do what you've done. Who are your biggest inspirations? So mine is Nasty Lukin from your say he doesn't do gymnastics anymore, and Larissa or Dakey from Romania. And who do you think your biggest fan is? I'd say even my Moma, boyfriend. Yeah, they're definitely my biggest fans. Do you have to be on any kind of special diets for your training? Not like a specific diet, but I do watch what I eat, especially coming up to competitions, like I'd...

...say about six seven weeks before competition. That's when I'm on a quite a strict diet for myself. No one known specific. I just want to because it just makes gymnastics so much easier being on like a good diet. But yeah, mainly my specific diet is six or seven weeks before competition. That makes sense? Yeah, absolutely. Okay. So there's a couple of signature questions that we like to ask everyone. So I'd like to know if you have any kind of secret skill or party trick aside from gymnastics that you like to share. So I can touch my nose as my tongue. That's part strick. I don't know. D You don't have your video on, so I can't see it. I guess maybe when Lam at a party I do some kind of gymnastics. Moved Bag, you know that? Yeah, I just dropped down and split something like that. And do you remember the first?...

So normally I'd say do you remember the first record you bought, but you're way too young for that. So do you remember the first album you downloaded or purchased in some way? So when I was younger, maybe I still am, I was kind of obsessed with Justin Bieber, okay, I went to his concer I used to let you was the person I had to listen to you before my competitions when I was younger, which is very strange. Like on the way to gym every come, on the way to every competition, I'd have to put Justin Bieber on. So, yeah, I guess. Guess it was just a biver real. So you still a bit of a fan girl? I yeah, yeah, secureally. Yeah, do you have anything you do know before competitions, like any kind of ritual or for luck things? So, when I was young guy actually wear same pair of socks. I did wash them, but I used to ear a shame pair if they're bright pink, which was yeah, I had a knavey track it with bright pink stocks. It wasn't a look, but I guess it works. I don't really have any specific now, but yeah, I don't...

...think I do. I think I just because I don't really like to think about it as much and if I have something that I have to do, it just makes me think that I was actually got a competition. But yeah, brilliant. Well, it's thank you ever so much for talking to me today. Best of luck at the Commonwealth and the wells lisical. I will be there at the Commonwealth Games. So I out. Yeah, definitely, yeah, and keep bringing those medals home. Well done. Thank you. For me, you're welcome. Thanks, Alice, and finally, to all our listeners. Thank you for tuning in and please leave a review, good or bad. Is the only way we can find out if you are enjoying the content. This is a four post production for what's on it. CERTAIN CULTURE.

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