Trampolining hits new heights

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TE Anau showcased the Southland Trampolining and Tumbling Championships at the Fiordland Events Centre earlier this month.

Hosted by the Te Anau Flite Trampolining Club, 58 trampoliners came from Invercargill, Gore, Te Anau, Dunedin and other Otago clubs competed.

In 2015, the Te Anau club hosted the event as a “friendly” event, before bringing it back as the Southland Trampolining and Tumbling Championships during the past two years.

Athletes, aged 6-mid-20s competed in four events, including tumbling, double mini-trampolining and individual trampolining and synchronised trampolining.

Some gymnasts had not been competing for long, while others were national winners, Te Anau coach and co-ordinator Paula King said.

“As the club goes from strength to strength, the six coaches are training 40 athletes, with 36 on the waiting list.”

King said the need for more coaches was paramount, as was also having older athletes, aged 13-15, taking coaching programmes.

The club has one Olympian to its credit, Dylan Schmidt now 20, who competed at the Rio Olympic Games.

Schmidt took the sport up 14 years ago, when his family were living in Te Anau during the second Manapouri Power Station tailrace build.

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