Trampolinist Lewis jumping for joy after bouncing back from injury

GOING UP IN THE WORLD: Trampolinist Lewis Rodgers in action.

GOING UP IN THE WORLD: Trampolinist Lewis Rodgers in action.

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DEDICATED trampolinist Lewis Rodgers is bouncing for joy after placing in the top five in the country – while he’s still recovering from a serious foot injury.

The 13-year-old from Hartlepool broke his foot in January last year and still gets physiotherapy for tendon problems 14 months on.

HIGH FLIER: Trampolinist Lewis Rodgers in action.

HIGH FLIER: Trampolinist Lewis Rodgers in action.

But it hasn’t stopped him from soaring to the top in his sport.

He came third in the British Schools Gymnastics Association trampoline competition in Northern Ireland which qualified him for the nationals.

He came fifth in the country, despite his ongoing injury. His achievements are so impressive, he has been nominated for a Best of Hartlepool award.

Lewis, a Year 9 student at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College is the first student from the school to have ever qualified for the national trampolining finals.

“He is an absolute pleasure to teach, he balances his study and training with ease. He gives freely of his time and coaches older and younger students throughout the trampoline season.”

Nomination

He is also the Hartlepool Schools and Tees Valley Elite Champion and the nomination for the Best of Hartlepool award said he was “an excellent ambassador for the school.”

His proud parents are Simon and Margaret Rodgers, both 44, and Margaret, who works for the National Blood Service, said: “We are over the moon for him.

Lewis becomes the latest entry in our Best of Hartlepool competition but we want to hear from many more worthy causes. This year’s awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30 this year. You have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero. For now, we want you to inundate us with entries.

You can nominate by either filling in the form on this page, or visiting the nomination website at http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool/

DEDICATED: Lewis Rodgers with his trophy from a top competition.

DEDICATED: Lewis Rodgers with his trophy from a top competition.