February 2018: National final for talented trampolinists

OUR TEAMS of talented trampolinists will represent the North of England in the national schools’ final in Belfast.

The intermediate U14s and novice U13s teams both won their respective competitions in Huddersfield and so will compete in the final on March 24th.

Max Constant, a member of the U14s team, was also second in the individual competition, which earned him a place in the final.

It was the first time 12-year-olds Josh Davies, Josh Lowthion and Harry Sneddon along with Chi-Ho Tang, 13, had competed together.

They earned their place at the North of England Zone final, which includes Northern Ireland, after coming second in the North West competition in Wigan in November.

Josh Davies said: “It was my first competition and so I was nervous. About three years ago I stopped trampolining because I saw someone break their arm.”

PE teacher Mrs Wilson said: “We needed a fourth member for the squad and someone told me that Josh used to be good so I persuaded him to join the team.”

Chi-Ho Tang only took up the sport about 18 months ago and attends Bury Trampoline Club for two hours a week. The other three team members train at Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads,

Mrs Wilson said: “Unfortunately Chi-Ho messed up on his individual routine at Wigan meaning he wasn’t put through as an individual, but he put in an excellent performance at Huddersfield and he got the top score out of the novices.”

The U14s team of 14-year-olds Ben Wilson and Max Constant and 13-year-olds James Peacock and Jack Waters are seasoned competitors.

They have been runners-up in the national final for the last two years and are hoping this year to go one better after comfortably winning the competition in Huddersfield.

Jack just missed out on a place in the individual competition after he finished in fourth while Max, who has been trampolining since he was four, will also take part in the individual competition after he came second; he is hoping to better last year’s national result when he was third.

Mrs Wilson added: “We will be flying to Belfast and then have an overnight stay and to help with the costs Tesco Haslingden has kindly allowed us to bag pack on February 24th.”