Sunday 11 January 2009 saw Richard’s Trampoline Club attending the Eastern regional Grading competition in Hitchin.  It was the first competition of the year, since the Christmas break.  Being the second grading competition using the new structure, many were still getting used to new routines.

At Regional D we had a strong team of Rosannamay Cannon, Lizzie Mercer, Daisy Longden and Lorna Kyan who took team 1st.  Rosannamay didn’t have the best start in her set routine, but performed much better in her voluntary and finished in 5th place overall.  Unfortunately Lizzie, Daisy and Lorna all showed their lack of practice in their routines, and they’re all capable of doing much better than they did today.  Kasey Kilday competed today after a long break from competition.  He did some good routines in the first 2 rounds, demonstrating his capability, however a badly thought out routine in the final left him away from the medals.

At Regional E Laura Burns did some fantastic routines.  She’s showing good improvement as she’s only recently moved up to this level.  The standard within her group was really high though, so she finished in 5th place.  But a great achievement for today.  Scott Crowhurst has been struggling with his baranis recently, and unfortunately this affected his voluntary routine.  His other routines were completed successfully, but he needs to work further on his form, he finished in 8th place.

With just 1 competitor at Regional F Hannah Rayfield didn’t have a good day.  Her set routine, uncharacteristically, didn’t go according to plan.  However she then went onto perform an excellent voluntary routine, which was joint 1st for that round, but she finished in 4th place overall.  Hannah is still very new to trampolining, and shows tremendous talent.

At Regional G we had some fantastic results.  Tate Henocq was in a massive group of over 30 people, yet this didn’t phase her as she performed 2 excellent routines.  She’s shown great improvement recently, and this showed when she finished in 3rd place.  Clare Kiss was competing for her first time today, despite little preparation time and being nervous, she did some lovely routines and finished in 3rd place.  She also achieved the required score that allows her to move up to the next level.  Joseph Pridmore also did some good routines, showing more consistency than usual, narrowly missing out on a medal in 4th place.

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