REGIONAL GRADING COMPETITION
Richard’s Trampoline Club
attended the Eastern regional Grading competition in Brentwood for the
start of the competitive season. The
club had a team of 6 performers, some of which were attempting to
qualify to move up a grade.
To start the morning off and his
first competition at the Regional F grade, Dan Willis was the first up
to be judged putting a lot of pressure on him to ‘set the standard’
for the club. Dan handled the pressure well and he kept in the center of
the trampoline during his routine with some great lineouts in his
somersaults. Dan set a very
high standard for the rest of the very large group to compete against.
When Dan came to his Voluntary routine, he cast a small amount on the
first somersault, but before it was even noticeable, during the next
move he took it back to the centre of the trampoline to continue on, and
finished the routine to receive some good scores from the judges.
Competing against Dan, Kasey
Kilday was back from a long break from the sport due to other
commitments, his last competition being almost two years ago. But
missing his 2nd home he returned to Richard’s trampoline
club to continue his training. Whether it was nerves or lack of
experience he couldn’t get through a single warm-up routine only
completing 3 or 4 moves before having to stop. Determined to make his coach proud, he really stepped up when
it came to the crucial moment making it through the routine and also
receiving some very good scores of 8/10. Currently holding first place,
and about to perform a voluntary routine, (learnt on the journey to the
competition) he got through it but with a bit of travel, although with
quick thinking he pulled it back in to the centre of the trampoline to
finish the routine.
Jo Collins was next up, and our
only competitor in the regional D grade.
Unfortunately having a lot of other commitments she had only been
able to train on some very few occasions.
Deliberating whether she should compete today, after a good
training session a couple of days before the competition she was
determined to do her best. She
suffered some travel around the trampoline during her set routine, but
this did not stop her completing the routine.
During the voluntary routine she was unable to complete a move,
but with some quick thinking, she cleverly amended the routine by
substituting the move and then altered the end of her routine.
This kept her routine within the required 10 moves, so the judges
were non-the wiser, other than her coach panicking by the side of the
trampoline! It is very
difficult to adapt your routine like this, so this demonstrates Jo’s
experience. She was very
unlucky to miss out on a medal as she finished in 4th place
half a mark!
Hemmings was next up and competing at Regional G. This was an extremely large group with over 35 people, split
into 3 flights. Ella was
trying out a brand new routine and she handled this well showing
improved height and control. She
did well to finish in the top 20, which is a great achievement.
With more experience of competing her new routine she will
improve further still.
Faye Harper was also competing at Regional G and like Ella she was also in a very large group. This was Faye’s first competition with the club after a very long break. Her set routine went well and she maintained a good height throughout the routine. Unfortunately she was only able to complete 8 moves in her voluntary routine, this being very unlike Faye as she is usually very consistent and always finishes her routines. Although she still managed to finish in 10th place which considering a group so large is a great achievement.
but not least, Tate Henocq was competing at Regional E for the first
time. Not only this, but
she was also competing in a new age group meaning she was one of the
youngest performers in her group. The standard in Tate’s group was exceptionally high,
making Tate’s job even harder. However
this did not deter Tate as she performed all her routines well, and she
had one of the highest difficulty levels within the group. These are the hardest routines Tate has performed yet in
competition and she handled the transition very well. She secured herself 6th place and she will no
doubt improve upon this in the very near future.