50th Nissen World Cup
The Trampoline Gymnastics (TRP) World Cup circuit continued in Arosa, Switzerland last weekend, with the running of the 50th Nissen World Cup.
Even though it was a long way from home our Australian TRP team were keen to stand up and be counted on the world stage, with Australia being represented by Dominic Clarke, Shaun Swadling and Aiden Thomas on the Men’s side of the draw, whilst Kira Ward, Claire Arthur, Eva Kierath and Cassandra Hoare flew the flag for the girls.
It was mixed fortune for the Aussie during qualifications on Day 1 of competition. Both Kira and Dom – who were also both competing in their first ever World Cup at the Senior International level – progressed to the Individual Trampoline Final in 8th position, scoring a total of 99.030 and 109.500 respectively. Unfortunately the remaining Aussies were unable to fully complete their routines in the qualification rounds. Shaun injured his foot during his first routine and hence was unable to compete his second routine, meaning he finished in 45th position. Shaun’s training partner, Aiden, finished 42nd overall.
On the girls side of the ledger Claire, Evie and Cass finished in 22nd, 23rd and 24th positions respectively.
Despite Shaun having to withdraw from the Synchronised Trampoline competition due to the injury he suffered during the Individual qualifications, fortunately Australia was able to substitute partners, meaning that Aiden could line up alongside Dom in the Men’s Synchronised Trampoline competition. The pair made the most of their opportunity, posting a total score of 80.980 to progress to the Final in 8th position.
In the Women’s Synchronised Trampoline qualifications, the South Australian pairing of Claire and Cassie made up for their disappointment from the Individual qualifications, scoring a total of 85.130 to qualify for the Final in second position.
The second and final day of competition in Arosa saw five Aussies take to the competition floor. In the Men’s and Women’s Individual Trampoline Finals, Dom climbed two places to finish 6th overall, whilst Kira finished in 8th position.
In the Synchronised Trampoline Final, unfortunately Claire and Cassie couldn’t hold onto a podium finish in the Women’s event, however still finished in a very respectable 5th position. Dom and Aiden also finished in 5th position; an amazing achievement seeing as when they arrived in Arosa they did not expect to be jumping together!
Congratulations to the entire Aussie contingent on their campaign in Arosa. Wishing you all a safe trip home and good luck in your preparations for the next World Cup in Japan!