Sunday 8 October saw Richardís Trampoline Club at the Eastern Regional Grading competition in Ipswich.  Being a graded competition means if the qualification score is achieved, then this permits the trampolinist to progress onto the next grade.

At Grade 4 Michael Sheff was on top form.  Heís been trying all year to qualify up to Grade 3, and he did it today with ease.  Despite a small amount of travel in both routines, he maintained excellent form and finished in 2nd place.  Paige Maranian also had an excellent day.  She joined the club during the summer, and this was her first grading competition.  She struggled during her set routine, but put in a superb voluntary routine to gain the qualifying marks for grade 3 and to finish in 3rd place.

Also at Grade 4 Jack Bastin narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in 4th place.  Jo Collins finished in 5th place and came very close to qualifying for Grade 3 on her first attempt at a grading competition.  Katherine Crone finished in 6th place, with a very good performance for her first competition at Grade 4.  Rebecca Hales completed 2 very good routines, scoring her highest total yet at Grade 4; the standard was very high in her group though so she was kept out of the medals in 7th place.  Lewis Staples struggled during his routines, but being his first time competing since recently joining the club, he should be pleased with his 7th place.  And finally Sophie Perks finished in 10th place; an error in her voluntary routine cost her a possible medal position.

Both our Grade 3 performers finished in 2nd place.  Lauren Doherty showed great improvement since her last Grading competition, and qualified for Grade 2.  Lizzie Mercer also showed good improvement here, despite a small error on her set routine.

Overall an extremely successful day for the club, well done to everyone who competed today!

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