On Sunday 21st March, Richards Trampoline Club attended the East regional grading competition, held in Saffron Walden. This competition is an opportunity for all performers at regional level to qualify to the next grade. 

At regional G Becca Shepherd was very brave at competing, following an ankle injury just a couple of days previous.  She was up against over 20 other performers, but she tried her best and finished in a very respectable 6th place.  Her voluntary routine was far superior to her set routine, so she’ll be looking to improve upon this for next time.

Tate Henocq had a fantastic day, finishing in 3rd place at regional F.  This was Tate’s first time competing at this level, and her first grading in a year.  She has also moved up an age group this year, so was one of the youngest in her group.  None of this deterred her though and she performed the hardest routine within her group, and was close to achieving the qualification score.

At regional E Scott Crowhurst put in some lovely routines, showing good lineouts from all his moves – fantastic form!  Unfortunately though the competition was fierce which saw Scott finish just outside the medals in 4th place.  We hope to see more of this from Scott in the future, his hard work really paid off today.

Finally at regional D, the last level before Nationals, there’s a sharp rise in standard.  This was Jo Collins first competition since returning from injury, which kept her away from training for nearly a year.  Despite this Jo remained calm throughout and completed some excellent routines to earn her 3rd place.  Lizzie Mercer followed just behind in 4th place, which wouldn’t have seemed possible a couple of weeks ago when Lizzie suffered a set back in her training which meant having to re-learn all of her somersaults.  However her good form marks didn’t let her down, despite deductions in her set routine for an unsteady landing at the end of her routine.  Jo and Lizzie will be looking to improve further upon today’s performance for the next competition in June.

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