Gymnast Cara aims for Glasgow Commonwealth Games glory

Cara Kennedy in training Image copyright Cara Kennedy
Image caption Cara gets stuck into training at her City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club

Cara Kennedy is a rapidly rising star in gymnastics and is a serious prospect for representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

For BBC News School Report, the 15-year-old world junior champion from Paisley was quizzed by school-mate and fellow reporter Molly from Bellahouston Academy in Glasgow on her ambitions to compete in her home city next summer and some strange superstitions!

Q: Who do you compete for?

A: I took up gymnastics when I was four and now compete for the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club and Scotland.

Q: When did you realise you were good at gymnastics?

A: I realised I had potential in this sport aged 11 when I won first place in the Scottish Championships.

Q: How did you feel when Glasgow won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014?

A: I was only nine when I first heard the news that Glasgow would be host. I was overjoyed and have always wanted to compete at the Games.

Q: What would it mean competing in front of your home crowd?

A: It would give me loads more confidence knowing that everyone was behind me and not the other countries! It would hopefully bring out the best in me. It's such a dream to compete at the Games.

Q: What's your favourite and least favourite discipline?

A: My favourite is the vault because I always perform my best on that piece of apparatus. My least favourite discipline is the bars because I seem to struggle on this but I still always try my best.

Image copyright Bellahouston Academy
Image caption Cara (centre) with Molly and Rahma (left) and budding swimmers Ruairi and Anthony (right)

Q: As a gymnast do you have to be careful with your diet?

A: I only watch what I eat six weeks before I'm competing and for the rest of the time I do try to stick to healthy eating!

Q: Do you have any superstitions?

A: I am very superstitious and get very funny about walking over drains. If I see three drains I must only walk over two!

One time I forgot and walked over three drains. Later on that day I broke a ligament in my ankle and wasn't able to train for two months. I also have lucky clips which I always wear when I'm competing.

Q: What's the plan for the build-up to the Games and the next few years?

A: I want to compete and come out with a good score and then hopefully I'll be considered for the Commonwealth Games. I'm not really thinking about the Olympics just yet!

I'm just busy training really hard right now. I won't find out until next year about qualifying for the Games. I'll need to get certain scores to be considered for our national team. I hope I have a good chance but it is an unpredictable sport.

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