Mark D. Motz reports:
They often take time, but circles usually come full.
Seven Hills Upper School senior Reena SenGupta began taking recreational gymnastics lessons at Kids First at age 6. At 8 she was competing in a rec program. By eighth grade she was on a club team with an eye toward competing in college.
But the Mason resident injured her elbow on a tumbling pass and missed her high school season as a Seven Hills junior.
During her recovery, she decided not to pursue gymnastics collegiately and left her club team – she was a Level 9 gymnast, training toward Level 10 – and left herself somewhat adrift.
“It was really hard after I decided to scale back,” she said. “I had a lot of time.”
She tried diving briefly, picked up yoga – “I hate running, but I needed to do something to stay in shape,” she said – and even entertained overtures to try out for lacrosse.
Instead she got a job at Kids First and now coaches the rec program where she began.
“It’s very cool to be back where I started,” she said
And to finish with her high school team. SenGupta is the lone returning senior for coach Sue Bone’s squad, the unquestioned leader of the group.
“Not only is she talented, she’s one of the nicest people you will meet,” Bone said. “She’s like having a third coach out there for us. She’s so supportive of our middle school team, of our high school team.
“She’s a big supporter of other teams. When somebody throws a great move or has a great routine, she’s really happy for them, leading the cheers and congratulating them. I think that’s pretty rare. She’s been a great captain of the ship.”