Trampolinists hit the heights

YOUNG trampolining stars are bouncing all the way to Ireland after qualifying for an inter-regional competition.

Three youngsters from Hartlepool Trampolining Club are set to jet to Northern Ireland next weekend after beating more than 100 other talented youngsters in a North-East schools competition, held at Ashington, in Northumberland.

Louise Murphy, 17, from English Martyrs RC School and Sixth form college, Emily Kirkham, 12, from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, and Rift House Primary School pupil, Liam Wilson, seven, all earned their right of passage to the 'zonal' round of the nationwide competition after their excellent performances in the first stage.

The youngsters practice three nights a week and all day on Saturdays, and Lisa Kirkham, one of the club's coaches said their success was well deserved.

Lisa, 40, who is Emily's mum, said: "The youngsters performed absolutely brilliantly, they have done themselves proud.

"Their performances bring good recognition for their schools and for the club, they are putting Hartlepool on the map."

Louise has come back from a number of serious injuries, and the competition in Ashington was her first one since she returned.

It was also a competition debut for Liam.

Lisa, who lives in Seaton Carew, with husband, Peter, 37, Emily and eight-year-old daughter Phoebe, said: "For Liam to qualify in his very first competition is brilliant.

"And Louise has demonstrated just how talented she is to perform like that after coming back from a run of bad injuries.

"Travelling to the competition, the youngsters weren't really very confident, but that didn't seem to affect them at all.

"In some of the categories there were more than 100 youngsters taking part so it really is fantastic to finish in the top three.

"They will be giving 100 per cent again next week in Ireland, and if any of them manage to get through that stage, they will qualify for the national competition in Birmingham."

Hartlepool Trampolining Club meets at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and again during the day on a Saturday.

Lisa, who used to perform for the club when it was set up in 1994, before moving into coaching, added: "Everybody is welcome along to the sessions, no matter what ability they have.

"The sessions are great fun."

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