New Trampoline Club Wins 13 Medals
Wanaka Trampoline and Tumbling Club (TNT) is celebrating silverware after its first competition of the season.
The newly-formed club, which was created from the Aspiring Trampoline Club, took eight trampolinists to the Christchurch Superbounce Championships on the weekend of March 10-11 and came home with 13 medals.
After the win, team coach Catherine Pell paid tribute to the dedication of the young trampolinists and their parents.
"The athletes and parents display tremendous enthusiasm for the sport. A two-day event like this means a five to six hour journey on a Friday afternoon, followed by two very long days in the event centre waiting to compete. It is rounded off by an exhausting drive home, which for many meant arriving in the early hours of Monday morning,"
The championships were also a national qualifier and there was more good news for the club after six of its athletes qualified for the New Zealand national championships.
Deia Carson-Wolfe was the standout performer, winning four events and securing national qualification in each. Elizabeth Pell, Jessica Penney, Kate Beaton, Imogen Dougherty and Izzy Percy also qualified, with Piper Carson-Wolfe and Mackenzie Allison narrowly missing out.
Club chairman Ian Percy said that the weekend had been a wonderful start for the club, but cautioned that there was a long way to go before it realised its aims.
"We would like to heighten the profile of trampolining as a recreational and competitive sport within the Upper Clutha and Central Otago region, and provide an opportunity for the wider community of Otago and Southland to participate more, as the current accessibilty to the sport in the area is very low."
"We intend to actively pursue our first priority, which is a first class trampoline facility of our own which will cater for high level competitions, offer recreational opportunities as well as trampoline training to complement other sporting codes," he said.
Pictured are Deia Carson-Wolfe (centre) after winning the Double Mini Tramp 13/14 Years and Kate Beaton (right) in third.
Rob White, The Wanaka Sun, 29 March 2018