Noel Couch and her teammates at the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game
Sept. 24, 2012
The Georgia Gym Dogs commit to each and every skill practiced. The Georgia Athletic Association commits to helping athletes excel in every aspect of their lives. Hairy Dog commits to being the “stadium defender.” The Georgia coaches commit to training athletes to be the best. The Georgia fans commit to yelling the perfect “Go Dawgs” at every kickoff. Professors commit to teaching in the classroom. And together we COMMIT TO THE G.
This is the theme of Georgia Athletics this year and we commit to the G with everything that we do from school to athletics to cooking class. Yes, you read that correctly…cooking class. The Gym Dogs attended a cooking class two weeks ago with our fantastic nutritionist, Maria Breen. We learned how to cook a delicious and nutritious meal of salmon, potato wedges, and broccoli. And yes, we can now do it all…stick our dismounts, earn good grades, help out in the community, and cook! Watch out Top Chef!!
We also had the excitement of celebrating yet another birthday. We wished Miss Kaylan Earls a very happy birthday on Sept. 17. We had an ice cream party for her as our girl turned 20 years old. The following day started the much anticipated first day of mandatory practice. We turned up the intensity in the gym doing drills and practicing our skills. We even had a few extra fans up in “the heavens” watching practice. I have to give a shout-out to Jackie Walsh, whom I like to refer to as “Jersey Jackie,” who took time to come out and watch us. We worked hard each day and definitely felt improved and accomplished by the end of the week. And just in time for the football game!
We tailgated as a team before the past game. We had a fun time hanging out together and I had the pleasure of spending some time chatting with assistant coach, Philip Ogletree’s wife, Jill. We had some good conversations and I love how eager she is to get to know and support our team. We made our way to the stadium to watch our football team advance to being 4-0. How bout them Dawgs! The excitement of the night games and seeing the boys play under the lights is such a thrill.
Sunday’s are always a little bit better after a win by the Dawgs on Saturday. And this Sunday was no exception. My good friend and former Gym Dog manager, Sarah White visited me in Athens. We had a relaxing day going out for brunch and hanging out poolside. I was also getting updates throughout the day about the lacrosse games that my sister, Mikayla was playing. She ended up scoring three goals! How YOU doin’?! Monday has arrived yet again right on cue. This week, whether you’re a student-athlete, fan, parent, professor, or student…COMMIT TO THE G.
Noel Couch, an All-American from Towaco, N.J., is a senior on the Georgia gymnastics team.