A YOUNG trampolinist is jumping for joy after winning a trophy in his first ever competition.
Lewis Rodgers, nine, only joined the Hartlepool Trampolining Club 18 months ago but is already showing bags of potential after finishing second in a northern competition.
The Sacred Heart RC Primary School pupil made the trip to Stanley, in County Durham, for the competition and admitted he was not even thinking about winning a trophy.
But Lewis, his family and the club coaches were all ecstatic after his fantastic performance earned him a runner-up placing.
“I was shocked when I found out I had won a trophy, I didn’t expect it.
“I really enjoy my trampolining though so I was so pleased.”
Lewis lives in Bishop Cuthbert with his mum and dad, Margaret and Simon, both 40, who travelled to the event with him.
“We were really shocked when we found out Lewis had won a trophy,” said Margaret.
“We just thought it was going to be the experience of his first competition, we didn’t really think about doing as well as that.
“Simon and I were so proud, he was brilliant.”
Lewis enjoys other sports including football and gymnastics.
He decided to test out his trampolining skills again around 18 months ago when he joined the club, based at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College.
One of the coaches at Hartlepool Trampolining Club, Lisa Kirkham, said Lewis has a bright future.
Lisa, 40, who lives in Seaton Carew with her husband, Pete, 37, a technician at Teesside University, and her two children, Emily, 12 and Phoebe, eight, said: “To win a trophy in his very first competition is absolutely fantastic.
“I was over the moon, we all were.
“I was really impressed with his performance, he has got a great attitude and a lot of talent.”
For more information about the club and when they practice visit www.hartlepooltrampolineclub.co.uk.