Staying in Love with your Sport (Even through Recruiting) with D1 Collegiate Gymnast Kaitlyn Donovan

I’m beyond excited to share the latest episode of our podcast with you today, featuring an absolute powerhouse in the world of collegiate gymnastics, Caitlyn Donovan. Caitlyn is not just captain of the Illinois State gymnastics team but a beacon of inspiration for anyone navigating the ups and downs of gymnastics.

In this episode, we dive deep into the heart of gymnastics and explore what it takes to maintain your passion, even when the going gets tough. Caitlyn opens up about her journey, sharing her personal experiences with injuries, the rigorous recruiting process, and how she has managed to stay in love with gymnastics through it all.

What makes this episode truly special are the invaluable tips Caitlyn provides on recruiting and mental skills. With over 20 years of experience, her insights are pure gold. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete or just looking for ways to stay motivated in your own pursuits, Caitlyn’s advice is sure to resonate.

One of the highlights of our conversation is the incredible three-minute masterclass Caitlyn delivers at the end. Trust me, you’re going to want to have a notebook handy for this. She breaks down how to stay mentally tough, find joy in your sport, and gain control over your mind during competition. It’s a powerful, actionable guide that you’ll want to revisit again and again.

So, tune in, take notes, and get ready to be inspired. 

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Kaitlyn Donovan talk about:

The Role and Support of a Gym Dad.

College Recruiting for Gymnasts, Finding the Right Fit.

The Importance of Teamwork and Passion in College Gymnastics. 

Overcoming Injuries and Recruiting Kaitlyn Donovan’s Journey of Resilience and Determination.

Tackeling Fear and Pursuing Dreams.

A Day in the Life of a College Gymnast.

Mental Skills and Visualization in Gymnastics.

The Essential Skills that Every Gymnast Should Develop.

Love and passion will to take you a lot farther than just natural talent.” – Kaitlyn Donovan.

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