A TRAMPOLINING troupe swept the board at a regional contest – with their youngest ever rising star adding to the awards.
Six-year-old bouncing Benjy Millward and 17 other youngsters from Hartlepool Trampoline Club jumped into action at the competition at Queen’s Campus Sports Centre, in Stockton.
And judges there were so impressed with their leaps, springs and jumps, that 10 of them scooped prizes, beating off stiff talent from over 200 other kids from across the area.
Their coach, town woman Linsey Ryder, 32, who runs the club which is based in the Leisure Centre at the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, said: “It was commented on throughout the day that the whole club was really together and behind each other 100 per cent.
“As well as that they were all outstanding, absolutely brilliant.
“It was great to see Benjy competing as well, he was fantastic.
“He’s the youngest ever competitor from the club and the youngest at the competition as well.
“He got a fourth place in his category and did us proud.”
All the children were entered into different categories depending on their ability, from grade H to D – with H being the easiest and D the hardest.
The following brilliant bouncers were placed on the day:
l Benjy won a fourth place in the under 11s grade H category,
l Ten-year-old Lewis Rogers scooped first place in the under 11s grade G,
l Liam Wilson, aged eight years, was placed third in the same class,
l Jack Burrell, 11, scored a third place in the under 13s grade H,
l Sophie Graham, 15, Jasmine Lister, 16, and Poppy Blackett, 16, won first place in a team over 15s grade H event,
l Daynor Guerin, 15, came fifth place in the over 15s grade G and at the same time qualified for grade F contests,
l Twelve-year-old Emily Huntley was given a third in the over 15s grade G and also qualified for grade Fs,
l Jamie Edmenson, aged 15-years-old, came second in the over 15s grade G,
l Elizabeth Cooper, 12, competed in the under 13s grade E and came fifth, and qualified for the grade Ds – which is one step away from national level.
Although first-time competitors Beth Henderson, Megan Campion, and Lauren O’Donavan were not placed by the judges, coach Linsey said they “did really well for their first time and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do next time.”
The club will be training for their next big gig, the Northern Championships, in November.
For further information about the club log onto www.hartlepooltrampolineclub.co.uk