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Making it on her own

WLC’s McClure is doing just fine as the only gymnast at the school

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

At this point, Meghan McClure is used to it.

For the last winter and a half, McClure has been the lone gymnast competing from Wilton-Lyndeborough, so it is not something new or out of the ordinary to be the only one scoring for her team. When McClure was a freshman, her older sister Rebecca was a member of the team. Once her sister left, McClure was the one to keep the team going.

And while McClure may go to every meet as an independent, she never feels alone. That’s because she always has plenty of support. Training at Gymnastics Village in Amherst, McClure practices twice a week with members of the Souhegan, Hollis/Brookline, Milford and Merrimack teams. And to her, they are all one big team.

On Saturday, when McClure got a chance to compete for the only time this season at Gymnastics Village, it was evident that the group is like a family. When McClure finished her routine on the balance beam, one that led to an 8.20 and the best score of the day, she was loudly cheered and met with hugs.

“They all consider themselves one big team,” said Tom Williamson, McClure’s coach at Gymnastics Village.

It was clear that even though she stands alone at the beginning of each meet when teams are announced, that is far from the case. But McClure doesn’t mind that she is the only WLC student competing. It allows her to really focus on her own training.

“I just really like [gymnastics] and I want to get better,” said McClure. “I can only let myself down. It would be fun to have a team, but I don’t need other people to be there.”

Yet with her performance on Saturday, she would have made any teammate proud. In addition to her top score on the beam, McClure also finished second in the vault with an 8.05 and fifth with her floor routine. McClure actually made up her own floor routine, something not a lot of high school age gymnasts are able to pull off.

“I made it up mostly at home in my living room,” said McClure. “And then perfected it at practice.”

Overall, McClure finished fourth at Saturday’s meet with a score of 28.50, just .35 out of third place.

“That was one of my best meets,” said McClure. “But I train there so it didn’t really feel like a meet.”

Like many of her peers, McClure finds the uneven bars to be the biggest challenge.

“It’s just a hard event for everybody,” said McClure. “I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it that much either.”

When McClure was seven years old, she got involved with the circus and her work on the tight wire has greatly helped with her balance. That’s probably why the balance beam is her most consistent event.

“She’s just so confident in what she does,” said Williamson. “Her balance is just unbelievable.”

McClure picked up the sport in middle school, but did not compete until she reached the high school ranks. And Williamson said it is her work ethic that has helped her catch up to some of the other gymnasts that have been competing most of their lives.

“Her skills have become a lot better,” said Williamson. “She has really improved in the last couple years.”

During her four hours of practice each week, McClure isn’t one to waste time. She is driven to get better and is constantly trying to add to her skills. That’s why McClure can thrive in a situation that could allow for someone to slack.

“It’s unbelievable. She comes in and it’s all about work for her,” said Williamson. “She’s always working to improve her skills.”

Because at the end of the day, the only one McClure has to answer to is herself.

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