If Emily Schultz gets her wish, next week's Canadian gymnastics championships will be the final competition of her career.
Schultz, 23, will be in Regina for nationals, which run May 22-26. She will be performing May 24, when the national open qualifying runs, and on May 26, with the national open finals.
Gymnastics has been Schultz's life since she first showed up at the now-defunct KATTS Gymnastics club in the early 1990s. But after graduating from TRU with a science degree last month, Schultz has applied to get into the pharmacy programs at Edmonton's University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
If she gets accepted into one of the programs, the Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Centre athlete would move away in September and it would be the end of the road in gymnastics for her.
"I've been doing this since mom-and-tot, when I was tiny," says Schultz. "It makes me sad, but I've achieved pretty much all I wanted to.
"Time to move on, I guess."
It has been a good career for Schultz, who moved over to KGTC last summer when KATTS closed its doors after 25 years.
Schultz has competed in two prior national championships - in Hamilton in 2009, and in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in 2011 - along with three Western Canadian championships.
She knows what to expect; she has done it before. But she is a little short on training this year after hurting a knee in March.
"It twisted when I landed . . . I was out for about six weeks," she says. "I've had fractures, but this one was pretty bad."
She did what she could to continue training.
"I came to the gym every day and did conditioning and bars and upper body work," she says. "No legs for a while, that's it."
It worked, and Schultz feels more ready than ever after attending a Team B.C. training camp in North Vancouver on the weekend. She's hoping to make all her finals and crack the top-20 all-around.
And there's no worry that the injury has put her behind in training.
"Not at all," she says. "I kept up my fitness, did a lot of bike riding and I'm right back where I was before."
And so, with possibly two weeks left in her gymnastics career, Schultz is looking forward to what will be a "tiring week," with four days of training around two days of competition.
But there is a special perk for Schultz.
"I'm team captain this year," she says. "Basically, I try to get the team going, encourage the girls, lead warmups and stretching."