REGIONAL GRADING COMPETITION
Richardís Trampoline Club
attended the Eastern regional Grading competition in Brentwood for the
start of the competitive season. The
club had a team of 4 performers, some of which were attempting to
qualify to move up a grade.
To start the day off Lucy
Swinburne was competing at Regional D grade, which is the last regional
level before Nationals. This
was Lucyís first competition representing Richardís, having recently
joined us from Sprung Loaded. Lucy
only did a couple of routines during the warm-up, and this worked well
for her as she produced some great routines.
Previously she struggled with one of the somersaults in her
compulsory set routine, but everything worked well today.
Lucy finished in a well-deserved 2nd place and she
scored enough to qualify for National C, however as she didnít win her
category so her qualification mark doesnít stand.
Dan Willis was next up competing
at Regional E grade. This
is only his second competition at this grade, and his progress is
evident. It was a large
group and he had one of the highest tariffs.
Danís routines are coming along well, they just need a little
more work to gain the consistency and neatness required.
He finished in 7th place overall, and he will easily
improve upon this when heís ready to qualify.
Next up was Jo Wardle competing at
Regional G grade. At the
last competition Jo was very close to qualifying for the next grade, and
she seemed to feel the pressure today.
During her compulsory set routine she over-rotated her final
somersault, and this affected her scores.
Her voluntary routine was much better, but unfortunately the
damage had already been done and she finished in 8th place
Finally Jacob Tuck competed at
Regional G grade. This is
his second trampoline competition, and he was aiming to qualify for the
next grade. He made an
uncharacteristic mistake at the end of his compulsory set routine, which
affected his marks. Determined
to do his best he performed a flawless voluntary routine, and he
finished the 2nd round in 1st place by nearly a
whole mark! Overall he just
missed out on a medal in 4th place, but he had done enough to
earn the all important qualifying mark.