9 Trampolinists from 2 Tasmanian Clubs Bounce their way to Portugal!
Nine trampoline gymnasts from Launceston PCYC and Kingborough Gymsports will head to the Portuguese city of Santarem to contest the Scalabis Cup, leaving on Sunday 2nd July.
The competition will showcase some of the best trampoline gymnasts from the 16 countries of Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, and of course, Australia.
The competition is part of an international training and development tour organised by Kingborough and Launceston to provide international experience and exposure to their gymnasts and coaches.
State coach and trampoline team leader at Kingborough Gymsports, Ben Kelly, has welcomed the support in sending the team to Santarem and believes the gymnasts will gain invaluable experience through competing in Europe.
Kelly said Portugal is one of the strongest nations in the world having won numerous world championship titles in double-mini as well as being well represented at the Olympic Games and world championship level in the individual trampoline discipline.
The team of nine will take part in a short training camp after the competition with the local Portuguese team as well as trampoline gymnasts from Spain and Finland, before heading to Belgium for a second training camp with Belgium Olympic hopeful Loic Loir.
Attending the event from PCYC Launceston will be Dylan Hill, Blair Kirkpatrick, and Nathaniel Suidgeest and from Kingborough Gymsports, Tala Castro Sherrin, Amber French, Matthew French, Maia Johnson, Eddy Rand and Patrick Schluter. Ben Kelly will accompany the gymnasts as Head Coach and Alison Morgan as Head Judge.
All team members have either represented Australia in the past or been medal winners at key national events over the past two years.
Kelly believes the team will compete confidently against some strong opposition in Santarem.
“Events like these are critical in developing strong, independent and confident trampoline gymnasts,” he said.
GTAS wishes the gymnasts and coaches good luck in Portugal!
Keep up to date with results on the GTAS facebook page, GTAS Instagram and the official website for the Scalabis Cup.