By Melissa Moore
After three years competing on the gymnastics team, sole Manchester-Essex senior Vicky Nicholas’ gymnastics career has ended with her becoming a strong team competitor, coach Rich Healey said.
Nicholas will be greatly missed, Healey said. Not only will her high beam scores need to be replaced immediately, but her good attitude and supportiveness will be missed as well.
“Vicky is a really good kid and lots of fun,” Healey said. “She is a good teammate, and the kids on the team will miss her.”
According to Nicholas, she will miss not only the sport but also her teammates.
“I’m really going to miss all my friends on the team,” she said.
Making lots of progress over the years, Nicholas is happy with her gymnastics experience, she said.
“I was able to accomplish a lot and refine my skills,” she said.
Healey agreed that she improved greatly.
“She did really well for the amount of time she put into it,” he said.
Nicholas’ score on her main event, beam, was a competitive score throughout the team’s league this year, Healey said.
“She was a very strong beam competitor,” he said.
According to sophomore captain Katherine Hennigan, Nicholas was a very graceful competitor on this event.
“She can do beam without making a sound,” she said.
Nicholas has especially enjoyed the companionship of the sport.
“I was able to meet lots of different people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” she said.
“Vicky is very nice,” Hennigan said. “I will miss…having her at practice, never being in a bad mood, and bringing a happy vibe.”
“She will be very successful in whatever she does,” Healey said. “She has a good head on her shoulders. I’m sure she will do well.”