Sunday, 7 April 2013

11. Women's Trampoline

Event: Women's Trampoline
Date: 2nd April 2013
Location: Brentwood School Sports Centre
Cost: £6.50 per session (three sessions)
Rules: Gymnasts perform a series of ten skill routines, with a variety of single, double and triple somersaults with and without twists. Precise technique and perfect body control are vital for success, with judges delivering marks for difficulty, execution and time of flight, minus penalties. Athletes are judged against a strict set of criteria where every part of the routine must be as near to perfection as possible. The angle of limbs, the position of the feet, the moves and finish must all be of the highest standard.

The Routines:

Sarah: Seat Drop, Half Turn, Star, Tuck, Straddle, Seat Drop, Half Turn, Star, Tuck, Straddle

Ellie: Tuck, Pike, Straddle, Seat Drop, Half Turn, Swivel Hips, Tuck, Front Drop.  

London 2012 Winner: Rosannagh MacLennan, Canada.

Sarah: My first time on a trampoline was quite nerve wracking and it took me a little while to get the hang of the seat drops (as you can probably tell from my simple routine!). I eventually got there via quite a few grazed elbows and some aching shoulders, and with the help of the coaches decided on my ten 'skill' routine. We were in awe of the others at the club when we were practicing; their effortless routines and moves were so impressive. We didn't manage quite the same grace, but had loads of fun mastering our skill sets.       

Ellie: Trampolining was one of the events I was most looking forward to. I'd been a member of a club as a youngster (I have a certificate to prove it) and always really enjoyed it. The idea of bouncing again really pleased me and designing my own 10 skill routine sounded fun too... In reality, of course, it was really hard. All of it. To say the least, we could barely get on the trampoline. Seriously. 
Thankfully, the coaches at Brentwood were really supportive and it was a pleasure to join their club for a few sessions. To see the young gymnasts throwing themselves around and performing amazing twists and turns was an incredible sight. 
All in all, I think this was a great way to start our challenge in 2013. It was an event that took planning, memory and multiple attempts to get 'right'.

Trampolining only became an Olympic sport in 2000 and long may it reign as one of the most strenuous and spirited events. 

Thank you to Brentwood Trampoline for all your help!

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