MARIGINIUP trampolinist Connor Dique (16) said he was “over the moon” to learn he’d qualified to compete for Australia.
The St Stephen’s School Year 11 student, who trains at High Flyers in Wangara, was named in the Australian Team selected for the 24th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Denmark this week.
Connor flew out on Sunday in the lead-up to the event where he will compete in the U17 men’s double mini trampoline category.
“I can’t wait, I have butterflies in my stomach,” he said. “I always remember watching TV and you’d see people in the Australian colours – the green and gold – and I always wanted to wear that.
“When I heard I got selected I was like ‘yes, I get the uniform’, it’s awesome. I was so happy.”
He said he was expecting his competition over there to be very tough.
“In the double mini trampoline you only do two skills; so you do the run up, you do your mount… and then you do a dismount… and there’s also a red box that you have to land in and if you stick it in the red box you get higher points,” he said.
“You don’t always get it right, sometimes you don’t and sometimes you do. Some people they might not look like the most athletic people but they’ll be really good at it because it’s more of a mindset plus technique but also fitness and stuff that comes into it eventually as well.”
He said he usually trains about four to five times a week but since his selection had increased it to eight.
“I love it, it’s great fun but also my friends, everyone I train with is just so nice and the coaches are pretty cool too,” he said. “I met my girlfriend here as well.
“This is my only sport that I do but I go fishing a lot with mates as well… that’s my favourite.”
Mum Lynn said they were all very proud of Connor.
“We are very privileged to be Australian citizens. We emigrated from South Africa primarily because of the children,” she said.
“We’ve been so blessed being in this country, I consider it the lucky country.”
She thanked Connor’s current and former coaches Elliot Stratton, Ricardo Santos, Tony Burton and Aarron Wake as well as High Flyers for the work they’d done to get him where he is today. Lauren Peden