Marisa de Groot happened upon gymnastics by chance. At the age of 4, she attended a summer day camp. A coach from the competitive side asked her to come over to their side. At the end of the day, the coach spoke to her mom about joining competitive gymnastics. As she had a lot of fun, she said yes! Almost 10 years later and Marisa’s passion for gymnastics continues to grow. “I love to move and flip,” she says. “I love the excitement of when you learn a new skill, or when you hit that routine when in competition. It is the greatest feeling ever”.
With a short-term goal of making the National Team and a long-term goal of going to the Olympics, Marisa seems to be well on the path to gymnastic success. In 2017, she attended her first Nationals, winning Gold with her team. The next year she was National Champion on the Uneven Bars at Elite Canada, and placed 8th all-around, thus giving her High Performance status. Most recently, Marisa returned from her first international competition in Marseille, France where she placed 1st on bars and floor, 2nd on beam, 4th on vault and 2nd all-around.
Marisa sees great benefit in her training at the Athlete Factory, “it helps me get a lot stronger for gymnastics, and my coach is amazing,” she says, “I learn a lot from going there”. “They have also helped me come back from a big injury 4-6 months earlier than anticipated,” she adds. Her conditioning goals are ambitious, but specific and achievable to align with her gymnastics goals. Marisa only came to the Athlete Factory after suffering a serious hamstring avulsion, an injury many athletes in her sport never recover 100% from. It seemed unlikely she would be able to compete at all in France. Athlete Factory’s distinct work in posture and coordination allowed not only a speedy recovery but significant performance benefits within the process.
At such a young age, Marisa is very profound with her outlook on sport. “You need to believe in yourself, and do the best that you do. You should be doing the sport because you love it, not because you want to win, or beat someone. Because then that will get boring and if you don’t win, you will be sad, and you shouldn’t be sad, because if you did the best you could do, that is all that matters.”