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Competition report - Nationals, July 2005

Stephen & Scott carry the flag for Brentwood

5th July 2005

In recent years Brentwood Trampoline Club has prided itself in having regular placings in the Grade 1 National Finals. This year, however, its hopes rested on new, younger, shoulders as its regular stalwarts, British internationals Hannah Davies and James Davies, were both recovering from injury and unable to compete. Instead the club's hopes rested on 12-year olds Stephen Page and Scott Gregory both of whom were in their first year at grade 1.

Competing in the tough under-15 age group, Scott Gregory was understandably nervous being one of the youngest in the 17-strong group, his set round reflected this leaving him in 11th place although not out of touch on 24.6 just 0.7 behind the leader. In the voluntary round Scott managed to pull up one place scoring 23.1+8.4 ensuring he was in the finals. Clearly injected with confidence, Scott scored joint highest form marks in the final round (24.0+8.5) and pulled up into 6th place with an overall score of 88.6.

Stephen Page, in his last year in under-13 age group, was less nervous than Scott and set off well in the 13-strong group in 4th place after the set round with 23.6, a place he retained into the final scoring 22.8+7.0 in the voluntary. The final again saw strong attention to form and scoring the highest form marks in the final with 23.5+7.0, Stephen pulled up a place into 3rd with an overall score of 83.9.

First year at Grade 1

Speaking after the competition both boys reflected on the hard work they had put in with their coach, Paul Kitchen, throughout the months leading up to the finals and how delighted they were to have made the final round at nationals in their first year at grade 1, having enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Paul Kitchen commented that "it was pleasing to see that form pulled them through. It is important that young talents like these are not pushed to excessively difficult moves too soon. With a strong basis of good form the more difficult moves will become easier to learn in later years and stand them in good stead for international competition in future".

International aspirations

Both boys are now also in contention for international standing as British Gymnastics intends to take the top ten in each age group at the nationals into training clusters centred around existing national squad training programmes. Scott is also getting an early international experience having entered the International Friendship Cup in the Czech Republic next month in both Synchro and individual events, this time in the under-18 age group!

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The club which trains four nights a week as well as many Sunday mornings (£5 pay and bounce) is committed to having fun with a serious objective. For details call 01277 220722, pop in & see them in action some time (and possibly have a bounce) or maybe just have a look at the club's web site at which contains full details of sessions, results and many other facets of trampolining.

Scott & Stephen enjoying their trophies, Scott is pictured on the left and Stephen on the right:
Pictures © David J Kingaby - 2005

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Brentwood Trampoline Club
Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE
Tel: 01277 220722