Rachel Powers Daily with her daughters Daisy, 9, and Idalence, 4, in an off-island gymnastics competition.
Courtesy of Rachel Powers Daily
(June 23, 2022) When she was 5 years old at the age of 5, Rachel Powers started flying three days a week from Nantucket to Cape Cod to practice gymnastics and eventually started walking on her own when she was 6 years old.
This training led him to reach the top of the world of gymnastics at the Powers Daily Vermont Institute when his family moved to South Burlington.
These accomplishments were approved by the Vermont Principals’ Association last month when it entered the organization’s Sports Hall of Fame.
“It was incredibly amazing to be honored and recognized and to celebrate the achievements of myself and all the other members as well,” the Powers Daily said.
The Nantucket native won the state title three years in a row after reaching less than a tenth of a point from the first year’s championship.
He was also recognized as a sportsman of the week Burlington Free Press four years in high school and U.S. gymnastics qualified for the entire regional team in the first and second years.
Lori Bergquist started coaching Powers Daily when she was about 10 years old and continued to do so throughout her high school career. Bergquist named him an honorary gymnast because he was a standing gymnast get out of the boat inside and outside the competition.
“She always had a great attitude, I loved that about Rachel,” Bergquist said. “It always was encouraging other girls and her gymnastics level was very, very high. He did some of the hardest moves any high school or any gymnast in Vermont has ever done. ”
Bergquist said the Powers Daily coach was one of the five hardest employees to work in the 22 years he owned a gym. At Winooski, Vermont School.
“He was always ready to go the extra mile and was always ready to do the extra spring back, to do extra pull-ups, to pick up his legs, to warm up. Sometimes you had to get out of the gym,” Bergquist said.
While a back injury cut short his college career, Powers Daily continues to be associated with the sport by training his daughters and other competitive gymnasts during the summer months.
“Gymnastics taught me a lot more than the sport itself,” Powers Daily said. “He had such a great role to play in becoming the person I am today and he gave me so much confidence and strength and dedication and the ability to push myself to the limit.”
When he started flying to the gym outside the island, Powers Daily told his parents Karen Alence and Frank took turns with her, but she eventually flew on her own.
Elaine Collins would take the other side, becoming Collins and her family as the gymnast’s family while she slept on Friday nights to go to workouts on Saturday until she moved to Powers Daily Vermont after her eighth grade.
“He taught me to be independent and I’ve been strong on my own and I’ve done that since I was a kid, and it’s crazy what I’m looking back on now, ”Powers Daily said. “I remember all the workers who flew to the island and the island. They always looked after me when I was a child and said, ‘Oh, come with me,’ we would go on a plane. ‘
After high school, Powers Daily went to Rhode Island College he graduated in nursing. He was a member of the school’s gymnastics team as a first-year student, but could no longer compete after suffering from herniated discs from years of wear and tear. and gymnastic workout tears.
“It was really a tough time in my life because gymnastics was a part of my life,” Powers Daily said. I lived with the motto “Gymnastics is life, the rest is just details”, and it really was hard for me. ‘
Powers Daily started coaching at a young age as an assistant in gyms when he was about 12 years old.
The 35-year-old property manager and mother of three daughters also works as a personal trainer to help competitive gymnasts spend the summer.
“I am very grateful to be here now to still be able to participate in the sport of gymnastics and that’s why I do it because I love the sport so much and can give it to top athletes, ”Powers Daily said.
Bergquist’s training is something that Powers Daily uses to date to let his daughters know how proud he is of what his coach would tell him as a young gymnast after each session.