Wanka trampolinists had a triumphant return home from the 2018 National Gymsports Championships.
Competing for the Otago Trampoline Team on Sunday, there was some disappointment but also some outstanding performances from the Wanaka Trampoline and Tumbling Club members.
Deia Carson-Wolfe was crowned national champion after taking out the 13/14 years age group individual trampoline event. In doing so, she became the first local athlete to ever win a NZ Gymsports national title. She was up against more than 40 of the best trampolinists in the country, and the win reflected the commitment and dedication with which Carson-Wolfe has approached her sport. She also did very well to come fourth in the tumbling event in a large field.
Deia Carson-Wolfe then joined Imogen Dougherty for the 15/16 year old synchronised trampoline. They were placed fourth after a strong final routine. Imogen also performed well in in her individual trampoline event and was unfortunate not to make the final.
Kate Beaton and Izzy Percy had a fine performance in the 13/14 age group synchronised placing fifth.
A change in tactic prior to the competition saw the pairing of local athletes Elizabeth Pell (10 and under) and Jessica Penney(11/12) split to team up with Waikato pair Shanti Heaton-McKoy (10 and under) and Aisha Mulligan (11/12). Both new pairs won their respective age groups and became national champions.
Skyla Coll and Piper Carson-Wolfe also competed in the 10 and under synchronised trampoline category and placed third.
A Wanaka Trampoline and Tumbling Club spokesperson said the other highlights of the competition included Jessica Penney’s “exceptional performance” in the individual trampoline event to reach the final and finishing fourth in her age group. Elizabeth Pell also came fourth in the 10 and under individual trampoline category “but was disappointed having won every competition so far this year”. “A slight mistake on her last skill in her final routine saw her drop from second to fourth – her same placing as last year. She also did very well to place fourth in the double mini event, achieving her aim of a top five placing.”
The success of the local athletes owes much to their coach, Catherine Pell, who won one of the coveted coach’s medals for her efforts. The medals are only awarded if a coach’s athlete does exceptionally well and was presented to Pell for Deia Carson-Wolfe, Elizabeth Pell and Jessica Penney’s outstanding performances.