Sussex Gymnasts Jumping For Joy With Latest International Trampolining Success
Eleven Sussex gymnasts from Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy based at Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre, Uckfield travelled to Jablonec Nad Nisou, Czech Republic with Head Coach Gail Andrews, High Performance Coach Stella Jackson to compete at the 47th International Trampoline Friendship Cup (Olympic Hopefuls competition) over the weekend of 11th & 12th October 2019. This prestigious Czech Gymnastics Federation event which broadcasts highlights on Czech TV brought together two hundred gymnasts representing fourteen delegations from around the world competing in both Individual Trampoline and Synchronised pairs.
No strangers to hard work and dedication all the Sky High gymnasts (Daniel Bradford, Alex Oakley, Ryden Temple, Ebbon Payne, Millie Dadswell, Lia Oliva, Poppy Bisset, Olivia Burvill-Patching, Harper Winslet, Charlotte Wainford) produced strong routines during the preliminary rounds with Daniel Bradford, Alex Oakley, Ryden Temple, Ebbon Payne, Olivia Burvill-Patching, Harper Winslet qualifying through to their respective competition final where the top eight compete for the podium places.
We are delighted five Sky High finalists were successful in bringing home International trophies in both individual and synchronised events; Daniel Bradford (Junior Boys Individual) and Alex Oakley (Individual 11-12 yr Junior Boys) achieved 2nd and 3rd places respectively with Alex Oakley taking a further podium 3rd place in the 11-12yr Boys Synchronised Pairs competition with his partner Ryden Temple, despite missing out on a podium place Ebbon Payne produced a personal best 5th place in the Individual 11-12 yr age group, not to be out done there was also a 3rd place podium spot for Happer Winslet and Olivia Burvill-Patching in the Girls 13-14 Synchronised Pairs.
Lia Oliva, Harper Winslet, Olivia Burvill-Patching and Poppy Bisset competed in a very strong field of 39 gymnasts (Individual 13-14 year Junior Girls) achieving several personal bests. Likewise Millie Dadswell competed strong routines (Individual Junior Girls) in a group of world class performers.
Proud mum Helen Oakley said “We were so proud to watch Alex win two bronze medals at the weekend in Prague, he has trained so hard this year and achieved incredible recognition at the age of only 12. It was great to see him take part in his first international competition, with many of the competing gymnasts at the competition actually representing their country. His results are rounding off the year nicely, having this year achieved high placings in the British and English finals, at the highest elite level in the sport. It will put Alex in great stead for his next big competition, which is in Double Mini Trampoline at the World Age Games in Tokyo this December where he has achieved the honour of being selected to compete for Great Britain’.
Gail Andrews, Head Coach of Sky High Gymnastics Academy, Uckfield said “Sky High gymnasts proved without a doubt they have the ability to compete against world class opposition and are competitive in achieving medal positions. The competition itself was a wonderful event and has given all our gymnasts the international experience and confidence they need to develop further.
Further details of the event can be found own the Czech Gymnastics Federation website after the event www.gymfed.cz/kalender/detail/1477