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Jumping for Gold at Spring Cup 1

Overview

Jumpers took a team of 15 gymnasts to Telford for the first Spring Cup of 2022. It was the first major competition for quite a while due to covid. Some athletes had a chance to compete in October but this time had qualifying scores and therefore right back to the normal experience.
Our team did such a good job over this weekend and please always remember not only the coaches and officials that gave their time for the weekend but the staff that stayed at the Rebound Centre to hold the fort so others could be away. It’s such a big team effort, which makes Jumpers such a wonderful family unit.
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Tumbling

Within Tumbling Jumpers have only had a few over the years take part so was wonderful to see Jess Dawes step up in the 15/16 section and really give it her all. After 2 good passes, she not only managed to hit the score required for the National Age Group Championships she is also ranked in the top 16 to get there. Hopefully she can hold onto this position, Great Work Jess!
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DMT

Within DMT Jumpers had 2 of our older gymnasts taking part. Reece Buck in the 17 – 21 Section and Emily Smith in the Senior Ladies section. Reece Buck showed such a great first pass and then within his second pass, showed such strength and presence of mind to keep a very dodgy pass landing on his feet. This paved the way for 3 more excellent passes which lead to a first place position and showing his potential for future.
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Emily Smith has battled with ankle injuries in the lead up to this competition and not only managed to land all 3 of her passes but one of them included a skill that she has tried to compete and land for over 4 years now. She not only did it but landed it solid generating such happiness and inner joy, Emily finished in 10th place.
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Trampoline

Trampoline saw 12 gymnasts travel up to the event. Natasha Woodall in the Senior Ladies, had the very tough but mature decision to withdraw from the event due to a back injury. This is always a very hard decision to make but showed great character to think of the bigger picture.
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Joseph Watson didn’t have the most ideal weeks build up struggling with covid and then finally getting a negative test result with not massive amount of time to spare. For someone of only 10 years of age to take this situation, not panic and hold strong shows such wonderful inner qualities. Joseph not only qualified for the final in his event but produced such a great final routine to take home a silver medal.
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Sophie Yates was competing in the 2nd biggest trampoline group of the day with 34 participants, she showed two good first routines to qualify for the final in the top 8 and then jump again to finish in 7th position. Her attention to her lines really helped her achieve this and I’m sure she is hungry for more.
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Jayden Boreham was taking part in the 13 to 14 section and taking on a new voluntary routine, with a big first skill. He handled this very well and qualified to the final in 7th position. He completed this new routine again within the final starting very well with great height to hold his position and finish in 7th.
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Ella Bahamondes-Tedham competed in the 13 to 14 section which was the biggest trampoline group of the day with 35 participants. She held her nerve well in a very tough group to qualify to the final in 6thposition and also hit the qualifying score for the National age group championships. Within the final she really relaxed and then showed her true potential scoring massively to climb into 2nd position and show that group she is here to mix it up.
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Kian Terry was taking part in the 15 – 16 category, which is a notoriously competitive group. His first routine really was strong being ranked in 6th position amongst a great group. His second routine unfortunately encountered a take-off slip in skill 4 causing a land on the end deck. Kian still managed to finish in 9th position.
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Holly Keeping was up in the 15 -16 section and was in another group of 30+ participants. She showed great consistency of height in both routines and almost hit a 14 Time of Flight in her first routine to finish in 16th position. I’m sure Holly will use this confidence booster to attack Spring Cup 2.
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Mia Kelham competed with Holly in the 15 – 16 section and started well in her first routine, her second routine encountered some travel and she had to substitute her last skill which showed great courage under pressure to make the right decision. She finished in 20th position and will be ready to show that full routine next time. It is also worth noting that Mia had major surgery on her knee not that long ago and so it is absolutely fabulous that she is back competing, what a star.
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Tyler Boreham had been trying to work out some back difficulties all week and decided he was fit enough to compete, he gave it his best shot and actually managed to finish his whole routine and get all the skills count to be ranked in 10th position, Great job in his first time out in the 17 – 21 section.
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Josh Constable had also been affected by illness this week, a mysterious dizziness (not covid) that could not be explained. Josh actually didn’t train all week and first hit the trampoline again within orientation, we built him up slowly and safely and decided he was good to go. Josh not only qualified for his final but then climbed up to 4th place. Josh had to substitute his last skill worth 1.6 for a straddle that is worth 0 so the fact he finished 4th with this was very admirable.
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James Ferrari was back competing in the Senior Men’s after all of his troubles with his knee and a sprained ankle. He gave both his routines his best shot and was so close to finishing his 2nd routine landing short in his last skill creating an out bounce to end deck. James is a very mature athlete and will be back firing for the next competitions. James finished in 10th position.
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Louise Brownsey was in the Senior Ladies section and after a very strong first routine (one which hit the Europeans qualification score) finished her prelims ranked in 3rd. Within the final she had a slight substitution which caused some excess travel and therefore drop in score but she still managed to hold onto 3rd position. It is worth noting Louise has had trials recently for the European Championships and has had to show her Voluntary Routine 6 times over two outings and has completed 6 voluntary routines – 5 of which the 13.6 DD and one still a voluntary routine but 12.8DD this shows great consistency and will hopefully land Louise a position on the Europeans Team.
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Thank you to our coaches James CoomberAshley ReedMark Baker & Ollie Reis!
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All in all Jumpers showed such strength both physically, mentally and emotionally. They gave it everything and whether you succeeded or have to come away and re-plan, you all attacked it with such grace and dignity.
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Roll on more competitions!