HAVING leapt from diving boards to trampolines, Perth athlete Jayden Cooney (17) is soaring to new heights to chase her Olympic dreams.
The Kingsley teenager, whose sister Ashley has eyes on the Winter Olympics as a luger, recently won two bronze medals for Australia in the senior trampolining competition at the World Cup in Spain.
Her mother Kerry said the medals from the synchronised and individual trampoline events joined Jayden’s collection of international titles won as a junior, including gold at the Pan Pacific Championships in Canada and bronze at the Youth Olympics.
“The international trampolining championships hosted 190 athletes from 30 countries and was her first glance at what she could expect to see should she qualify for Rio (Olympics) next year,” she said.
“After a career that started in diving, Jayden has made the move to trampoline, based at Highflyers Trampoline and Gymnastics Academy in WA, coached by Aaron Wake.
“Jayden won bronze at the 2012 Indo Pacific Championships for her trampoline performance in her first year as a junior, and in the same year won bronze on both double mini-trampoline and synchronised trampoline.
“In 2014, Jayden achieved bronze in both trampoline and double mini-trampoline, and gold in synchronised trampoline at the Australian Gymnastics Championships.
“She travelled to Florida later in 2014 for the Trampoline World Championships, finishing in 15th for the double mini-trampoline.
“Partnered with Eva Kierath, they finished third in the synchronised trampoline in the national championships in 2015.”