NATIONAL GRADE 1
Richard’s Trampoline Club team-mates Michael Dodson and Elliot Stratton reversed earlier fortunes at the latest Grade 1 elite event in Southend. Previously in Hull’s opening event of the season, Elliot in the under 19 event had achieved the desired “retaining” mark and Michael crashed out. In Southend, however, it was Elliot who was disappointed after a poor set routine. Two good voluntary routines were some compensation and competitors falling like flies resulted in a useful 4th place. But the middle part of that set routine needs improvement.
Michael, meanwhile, in the under 17 event had a sound set to lie 3rd after the first round. He then produced two of the top three voluntary routines of the day to close in second place within a whisker of the winner. His scores qualified easily for the National Championships held in Birmingham in July. On a high after the event, Michael began outlining fantasy voluntary routines to his amused but happy coach.
Michael’s older brother Philip, who competes for the Brentwood based Team Trampoline Promotions, was competing in the second of three trials for the British team for the European Championships to be held in Metz, France next month. A good set was followed by a voluntary routine that began to get away from him and he did well to substitute with a simpler double somersault. Lying 6th going into the final round, Philip then produced a storming start to his third routine only to hurry one take-off and end on the side frame, reflecting ruefully on what might have been. However, this was but one blip in what has been a good season so far for Philip and though he just missed selection for trampoline at the Europeans he has every chance of going to Metz in the allied Double Mini Trampoline Event.