Hans Christian Anderson games a fairytale for Flyers

SEVEN youngsters from Bognor-based Dragonflyers Trampoline Club returned from a five-day trip to Odense in Denmark, where they participated in the Hans Christian Anderson youth games.

Lee Burgess, their assistant coach and the Flyers’ oldest competitor, had the honour of carrying the England banner and leading the English teams in a march through the city and the opening ceremony.

After an intense four-day training camp and social events, the battle between clubs from Denmark, Belgium and Britain began.

Tariffs of 13 – tariffs being the markers for difficulty of routine – plus made spectacular veiwing.

Burgess competed in the figure-one category for the first time – a remarkable achievement – while James Smith performed an eight tariff – four doubles including twists in a ten-bounce routine.

Jess Lyne and Taylor Cleall made their international debuts with Cleall among the four Flyers to qualify for finals later in the day.

Smith and Anya Johnston finished the qualifying round in first position after each producing two incredible, accurate routines.

Libby Morton’s two graceful precise routines qualified her in fifth position.

The finals consisted of one voluntary routine where the top eight qualifying trampolinists start from a zero score and jump off against each other in reverse order from eighth position to first, decided by the previous qualifying round. It is highly pressurised and requires nerves of steel.

Ten-year-old Morton was first up in the under-12s category. Her excellent performance gained sixth place.

Cleall and Johnston were next up in the under-14s, displaying courage and determination to finish seventh and second.

Ellie Morton narrowly missed the finals, finishing ninth overall.

Last up was Smith in the under-16 event. With Johnston medalling, Smith was motivated, focused and eager to get on the rostrum too.

His immense performance of rotations and twists gained him overall third position.

Their fantastic results and performances made the Dragonflyers coaches and parents very proud.

Young Izzy Hauxwell has been put forward by the southern region as one of only five exceptionally-talented trampolinists, male or female of any age, for selection on the new British elite pathway, where, if she is successful, she will train once a month with the junior British coach and attend a British training camp at Lilleshall. Everyone at the club wishes her success.

The club’s standard is raising all the time, with the national league starting in Cardiff at the end of August and the Dave Ward Hunt international to come in October.