Wangara High Flyers athletes bounce to medal wins

Trampolinists Kayla Nel, Liam Jeans, Keara Nel), Adam Paolo and Lachlan Robertson.       d445002
Trampolinists Kayla Nel, Liam Jeans, Keara Nel), Adam Paolo and Lachlan Robertson.       d445002

The team of 15 athletes from High Flyers Trampoline and Gymnastics Academy travelled to Victoria in September with two coaches, a judge and six parents for the 2015 Australian National Clubs Carnival.

The carnival was the first time Gymnastics Australia combined all gym sports into one 11-day festival.

High Flyers trampoline program coordinator Elliot Stratton said their sports team had a fantastic event.

�Competing even with a smaller team than previous competitions, we managed to secure fifth place in Australia�s club rankings,� he said.

�The performances from all athletes in all divisions were fantastic, however special mention must go to the 12 athletes who made it into 17 finals at the competition � from these 17 finals we achieved six medals.�

Gold medal winners included two double mini trampoline athletes � Andrew Sumner in the level 6 men�s event and Connor Dique in the level 8 men�s event.

Sumner also won bronze in the level 7 men�s trampoline event, and Cleo Thornett won silver in the level 8 women�s double mini trampoline event.

Another two athletes placed third in their events � Travis Kikalis (level 5 men�s double mini trampoline) and Jack Petrie (level 9/10 mens trampoline).

�Sumner finalled in all three of the divisions he competed in, finishing a very respectable fifth in the level 5 men�s tumbling event,� Stratton said.

Eight athletes also competed in a world championship and national squad trial event in Bendigo, hitting five qualifying scores.

Stratton said they would find out later this year whether they were selected to represent Australia.