Brilliant bouncers rack up regional honours for Dragonflyers

Some of the Dargonflyers who fared so well at Uckfield
Some of the Dargonflyers who fared so well at Uckfield

DRAGONFLYERS trampoline club took nine children from local schools to the south-east regional schools championships in Uckfield.

About 300 competitors from top clubs and schools in the region participated with age categories averaging around 30 competitors each.

The top three performers go on to represent the region in the zonal finals, covering the south, south-east, south-west and London.

Dragonflyers have a fantastic record at this event and national finals with two elite performers gaining second and third places in GB last year.

With James Smith out of action, the pressure was on young Philippe Newton Young to continue this success and as always he amazed judges and fellow competitors with two brilliant bounce routines.

The accuracy and grace with which he bounced through nine different somersaults out of ten moves was outstanding, gaining him a first place in the elite section of the under-11 boys’ group, a clear 2.5 marks in front of his nearest competitor - a huge difference in trampolining terms.

Toby Smith outshone his opposition to take gold in the under-11 boys’ novice category in his first-ever competition.

Seven-year-old Luke Hauxwell finished an amazing sixth in the same group and with many yearrs left in this age group for him, the club have high expectations for a future national champion.

Both boys represented Rose Green School, who have had fourth and fifth-placed gymnasts at national finals in the past.

Also representing Rose Green were Emily Rimmer, who took 15th place in the under-11 novice group, and Izzy Hauxwell, 12th among the under-11 elite girls.

Anya Johnstone finished an incredible incredible eighth place in the under-13 girls’ elite section, scoring the same as seventh place and just 0.5 off a medal.

Other performers to excel were Libby Morton and Sofia Kalnicenko, who, after conquering nerves, executed voluntary routines at the very top of the under-11 girls event.

The club were very proud of their young performers and wish Toby and Philippe success at the zonal finals.

Head coach Linda O’Leary said: “We have many youngsters feeding through to the top end of elite performance, joining their team-mates.

“I’m sure our success at national level will continue for many years. Last year we entered the international arena again with excellent results and have two international invites for 2014 lined up, where our performers will travel to Europe for the first time. The club are very excited.

“For a small, friendly social club training a maximum of five hours a week, our results are incredible.”

Interested in trampolining? Why not go along to a Dragonflyers session at The Arena Sports Centre, Bognor?