VIDEO: Talented trampolinists come on in leaps and bounds
Dragonflyers Trampline Club are looking back on another hugely-successful year - and forward to another one that holds great promise for their young members.
The Bognor-based club boasted an abundance of medals at regional and national level and had international finalists.
Flyers had five regional team members, 11 national league competitors, three British spring series trampolinists, five international participants, two British national development finalists, five national league finalists (six qualified plus two reserves) and a synchro pair of national finalists.
With only 25 trampolinists, the Bognor-based club are making their mark on the national and international circuit with more than half the club able to participate at national level – a remarkable achievement.
This year will see seven Flyers able to jump at world-age group events. The club are hoping to participate at three internationals including Sweden, which will provide another opportunity to participate against the awesome Russian trampolinists.
Their new year of competition began on the Isle of Wight with the same quality of performance and amazing results.
Dragonflyers trampolinists took 18 medals – nine gold, seven silver and two bronze, dominating both national development and graded competitions.
Results - NDP 7 U16: 1 Anya Johnston, 2 Taylor Cleall; U14: 1 Izzy Hauxwell, 2 Libby Morton. NDP 6: U16 1 Ellie Morton; NDP 5 - U14: 2 Sofija Kalnicenko; U16: 3 Alice Chapman. NDP 3 - U11: 2 Rosie Budge; U11 (b): 1 Toby Smith. Grade D - O15: 1 Anya Johnston, 3 Taylor Cleall, 5 Ellie Morton; U15: 2 Izzy Hauxwell, 4 Libby Morton. Grade E - U15: 1 Sophija Kalnicenko; O15: 1 Jenna Partridge, 2 Alice Chapman. Grade G - U15 (b): 1 Toby Smith; U15 2: Emily Rimmer, 4 Lana Collyer. Grade F - U15 1: Rosie Budge.
Toby Smith qualified to move up to F grade competition, along with Emily Rimmer and Lana Collyer.
Rosie Budge qualified to move up to E grade narrowly missing leapfrogging to the very top grade D by just 0.4 points.
Making the jump to join team-mates at D grade were Sofija Kalnicenko, Jenna Partridge and Alice Chapman.
Johnston, Budge and Smith all gained national NDP qualification scores and ranked in the top two of their age groups, positioning them at the top for regional team selection.
Hauxwell, Cleall and Kalnicenko also ranked in the top two for selection should they gain qualification scores in Milton Keynes while Chapman lies just outside in third position with qualification scores and hopes to improve on this in February’s competition.
Also gaining qualification scores were Emily Rimmer, Lana Collyer, Isobel Holloway and Lucy Hijman, all hoping to raise their ranking to make the team.
Interested in trampoline classes? Look up Dragonflyers website or for recreational lessons contact The Arena sports centre in Bognor.
* Dragonflyers are a locally-based highly-competitive trampoline club who have been running for 12 years.
* The club hold both sport and gym-mark accreditation and have a team of highly-qualified and motivated coaches and officials.
* Their aim is to provide opportunity and encourage participants to reach their full potential, all in a safe, friendly environment.
1 international team member
2 international medallists
8 international finalists
12 international participants
3 national medallists
12 national finalists
23 national competitors
10 zonal schools representatives
30 plus regional school representatives
10 regional team members
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