Perfect 10

ghb

Until this month, I’ve had a regular monthly blog post on the great children’s author site, Girls Heart Books. I’m sure I’ll be back blogging for them soon, but meanwhile, here’s my last post, about how some of my favourite Olympians have inspired my writing:

‘Nadia Elena Comăneci was born in Onești, Romania, (formerly known as “Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej”) in the Carpathian Mountains on November 12, 1961.’

So begins the Wikipedia entry for – up to now – arguably the greatest female gymnast in the world. I was 10 when Nadia Comăneci got her first perfect 10 on the uneven bars in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. She was 14. It was one of those moments. A girl – like me – was the best in the world, the best ever, the best possible at what she did. (She went on to get a whole lot more perfect 10s. They had to change the scoring system.) No-one could ever take that away from me. Girls rocked. They were powerful. Even little, light girls, like me. They had hidden powers.

I never forgot.

You can read the rest here.

How about the rest of the Girls Heart Books site? If you look around, there may be lots to inspire you too.