Triumphant Trampolinists at Nationals
The Wanaka representatives of the Otago Trampoline Team returned from the 2018 National Gymsports Championships on Sunday with a handful of medals and some happy faces.
Whilst it was inevitable that there would be some disappointments when competing against the country’s best in the National Championships there were also some outstanding performances that exceeded all expectations….
Local club, Wanaka Trampoline and Tumbling Club can now boast of its very own National Champion – Deia Carson-Wolfe, who took out the 13/14 years age group individual Trampoline event – this was without any doubt the highlight for her and the team.
To win this highly competitive age group against over 40 of the best Trampolinists in the country was a really exceptional performance and it reflects the commitment and dedication with which Deia has approached her sport. She also did very well to come 4th in the Tumbling event in a large field. This marvellous result means she is the first local athlete to ever win a NZ Gymsports national title.
Surprises came in the Synchronised Trampoline (two athletes compete in unison on adjacent trampolines) – Deia Carson-Wolfe stepped up to the 15/16 category to compete with Imogen Dougherty and they did very well to come 4th after a strong final routine. Kate Beaton and her partner Izzy Percy had a fine performance in the 13/14 age group coming 5th. Additionally Imogen performed very well in in her individual trampoline event and was unfortunate not to make the final.
But the biggest surprise came in the 10 and under and 11/12 age groups when a decision was made at the training camp in Hamilton prior to the competition to split the pairing of Elizabeth Pell (10 and under) and Jessica Penney(11/12) – and team them up with the Waikato pair of Shanti Heaton-McKoy (10 and under) and Aisha Mulligan (11/12). Athletes are not allowed to step down an age group but can step up, and are permitted to ‘pair up’ cross regions…. both new pairs won their respective age groups and became National Champions. Skyla Coll and Piper Carson-Wolfe also competed in the 10 and under Synchronised Trampoline category and got on the podium in third place.
Other highlights included Jessica Penney’s exceptional performance in the individual trampoline event to reach the final and then came close to the podium by finishing fourth in her age group. Elizabeth Pell also came fourth in the 10 and under individual trampoline category but was disappointed having won every competition so far this year. A slight mistake on her last skill in her final routine saw her drop from second to fourth – her same placing as last year. She also did very well to place fourth in the double mini event, achieving her aim of a top five placing.
The success of the local athletes owes much to their coach, Catherine Pell – who won one of the coveted coach’s medals for her efforts. These are only awarded if a coach’s athlete does exceptionally well and was presented to Catherine for Deia, Elizabeth and Jessica’s outstanding performances. Now to progress even further the club is looking to the future and the possibility of better a facility.