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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Tasmanian Trampolinists fly high at Australian Championships

The Tasmania Trampoline Team has recorded its best ever results at Australian National Championships, securing 11 National Championships, including four titles from the Junior and Senior International categories.

The event kicked off with Tasmanian junior gymnasts, Hugh McConnell and Aidan Collins dominating the Junior International Men’s events. McConnell secured the Individual Trampoline and Synchronised Trampoline titles, while Collins dominated the Double-Mini Tramp.

In the Senior International category, Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship holder, Jack Penny, teamed up with Jarrod Spear (QLD) to win the Senior Synchronised Trampoline event.

State Coach, Ben Kelly, said these performances merely set the scene for the Age Championships, where the 18-strong team continued the Tasmanian domination winning a further seven National titles.

Both McConnell and Collins continued the winning streak by securing three out of the four Under 17 Men’s events between them. McConnell won the Individual Trampoline and Tumbling crowns. Collins once again picked up the Double-Mini Tramp.

In the 17+ Men’s events, Damien Axelsen convincingly won the Tumbling event from team mate, Stuart Snare who finished in 2nd position. Makonnen Brown performed a personal best on the Double-Mini Tramp to win the Under 15 Men’s competition.

In the Synchronised Trampoline competition, Tasmanian youngsters Ned Whiting and Tim Wilson claimed gold in the Under 11 event. Josh Hedley-Williams and Connor Moir picked up the Under 15 Championship title.

The Tasmanian State Team won a further two silver and six bronze medals to cap off the National Championships.

Although Kelly was confident Tasmania would have a good National Championship, he did not expect 11 National Championships to be won. It was an amazing start to the competition by our Junior and Senior International competitors, who seemed to inspire the age team to compete at their best. The National Trampoline community was equally impressed, with many positive comments from high profile coaches and judges being thrown in Kelly’s direction. The success, however, he attributes to the hard working athletes and personal coaches who have been sharing information and facilities around the state for a number of years to help boost the quality and profile of Tasmania.

Kelly was also awarded the Gymnastics Australia National Trampoline Coach of the Year. Tasmanian Team Manager, Jo Penny, was awarded National Trampoline Official of the Year. These awards were presented at the official Gymnastics Australia Awards Ceremony, in front of an appreciative audience at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Sydney, Sunday 27th May.

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