Same Trampoline Team, Two Competitions.
Orbit Milton Keynes
Having opened the season at the first Regional Graded Competition in January with top results, (see previous article) we went to Birmingham to battle it out in the first National Grade C event on the 31st. of the month. Results were mixed.
Glyn Dickinson got our bids underway at 9.0am, competing in first position of 37 in the Men’s 15 plus. Although he gave steady routines, we felt that the judges were not properly warmed up, and he ended in 13th. position. Being in the top 40%, he qualified for the National finals in July, a satisfying achievement, but he has bigger fish to fry, looking for a qualification up to Fig.B. The chance came on Sunday 22nd. February at Burgess Hill, where Glyn jumped more at his level, again achieving a place in the National finals in July. This time he was high up the placings, and finished in 4th. place, but narrowly missed the 3rd. place by ‘countback’ which would have given him the necessary point to go up to Fig B.
Jez Billingham was next up in this group, and performed an incorrect move in his set routine, scoring in the 6s, which left him in an impossible position in today’s generally high standards. Despite a good voluntary routine, he ended in 29th. place and needs a better performance next time. At Burgess Hill Jez was completely re-formed, jumping like a new man. This time he stepped onto the podium taking 3rd. place and reserved himself a spot in the nationals in July. A real comeback.
Last but anything but least of our boys was Thomas Johnson, who hit really good form scoring well in both routines and making a place in the final. Along the way he qualified for the National Finals, and after returning another very classy voluntary moved himself into 4th. place on the day. Good jumping, and this trio collected third team place as a bonus. On the 22nd. Thomas had to withdraw due to back strain, but his team mates scored so well that their two marks were good enough to take 3rd. team place anyway.
Also jumping off at 9.0am in the girls U15s was Dayle Walker. Like Jez, Dayle did not jump as she can, or was expected, and she finished 62nd. in a large field of 73. We look forwards to a more motivated performance at the next comp. Dayle had trained consistently well since the end of January, and completed both routines well, ensuring she stayed out of the relegation zone by coming in 37th. place of 67 girls. Next time she must join the party with a place in the Nationals.
In the massive 90 strong group of Ladies 15 plus, Rebekah Bridge had a poor competition, landing off the trampoline in her compulsory routine, virtually ending her chances. A better voluntary went some way to redeem her chances, leaving her in 80th. place, and also looking forward to doing better next time. Better was what Rebekah did, taking 19th. place from 70 entries and reserving a place in the Nationals in July. It’s amazing what you can do when you stay on the trampoline.
Well done to the jumpers and thanks to our supporters, parents and coaches.
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