Sunday 12 October saw Richard’s Trampoline Club at the Eastern Regional Grading competition in Ipswich.  Being a graded competition means if the qualification score or points are achieved, then this permits the trampolinist to progress onto the next level.  This was the first grading event using the new competition structure, and probably as a result the competition was much smaller than usually anticipated.

At the entry level of Regional G, the club had 2 performers.  All people new to the competition structure must start at this level.  The age groups only consist of 3 groups at this level now, so as anticipated this was an enormous group of over 40 competitors.  Hannah Rayfield, who joined the club just a month ago, did some fantastic routines.  She finished in an incredible 2nd place, a fantastic achievement she should be very proud of!  Tate Henocq made a very uncharacteristic fault during her first routine; she then went onto complete an excellent voluntary routine that would have left her in 9th place.  But with her earlier mistake it wasn’t going to be.

At Regional E Paige Maranian made a superb return to competition, she’s not competed at all this year due to reoccurring injury.  However she showed tremendous improvement today and easily gained 1st place.  Scott Crowhurst is continuing to improve upon his form, and this showed today when he finished in 5th place.  Levi Rimmer is also another to show great improvement and she finished in 6th place.  Laura Burns finished in 7th place, but a great achievement for her.  She’s been trampolining for less than 8 months, and in that time has moved up a couple of times in difficulty level, so fantastic progress for her so far.

At Regional D, the highest level at this competition, Lisa Withey, Jo Collins, Lizzie Mercer and Daisy Longden gained team 1st.  It was doubtful that Lisa would compete today, as she’s only recently come out of hospital.  But she was determined to try and her efforts paid off with her finishing in 4th place.  Daisy did some fantastic routines when it mattered to finish in 6th place, Jo finished in 9th place and Lizzie in 11th place.

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