Dragonflyers take a giant leap for southern-region honours

Karis Pullen was among Dragonflyers to achieve high grades  Picture by Kate Shemilt C120084-4
Karis Pullen was among Dragonflyers to achieve high grades Picture by Kate Shemilt C120084-4

A TEAM of ten Dragonflyers trampolinists took part in a southern region Grade G to D competition at Alton.

Ten-year-old Philippe Newton Young again excelled with two stunning performances in the under-15 boys’ E category. His score of 49.9 gained him gold and promotion to the top regional level D, where he joins team-mates Ellie Morton and Karis Pullen.

Pullen piled out a tariff of five, with eight somersaults in a ten-bounce routine including a full twisting back somersault and one-and-a-half twisting front somersault, finishing second in under-15 girls’ D group.

The next Flyer to take a medal was Nicole Bergman with bronze in the under-13 girls’ G, also gaining promotion to F category.

Taylor Cleall battled her nerves to come fourth in under-15 girls’ G while young Izzy Hauxwell executed a new routine with style and precision, taking fifth place in under-15 girls E.

Other Dragonflyers who performed well were Lee Burgess (sixth at over-15 boys’ E), Beth Rayner (11th at over-15 F), Jacqueline Denton (13th at over-15 G, Jess Lyne and Sasha Jenkins (17th and 20th in under-13 F).

Flo Dempster and James Smith returned from a national gala held at Bath University, where they both retained national status after finishing 21st and 13th in Britain in the over-19 ladies’ and under-17 men’s national C group.

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