Trampolinists aim high in Te Anau

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Lakiata Scott (8), of Te Anau, does a straddle jump on the trampoline during the Southland Championships and Invitational Trampoline Championships in Te Anau last weekend. Lakiata was placed first in Southland. Photo: Chris Watson

TE ANAU hosted the Southland Championships and Invitational Trampoline Championships at the Fiordland Events Centre this month.

Te Anau Flite Club member Sylvia Bell organised the championships alongside Emily Lakin, of the Invercargill Gymnastics Club.

Sixty five trampolinists took part from Te Anau (Flite Club), Invercargill Gymnastics Club, East and West Trampoline from Tapanui, Gore, Dunedin Trampoline and Aspiring Trampoline Sports in Wanaka.

Bell said competitor numbers were fewer than in past years, influenced by Covid-19 and the disrupted year.

In 2015, the Te Anau club took it on as a “friendly” event, before bringing it back as the Southland Trampolining and Tumbling Championships in the past five years.

Athletes aged 6 to 18 competed in three events for Southland Championship trophies and included tumbling, double mini-trampolines and individual trampoline. This year, the synchronised trampoline was held as a fun, a gothis was not judged.

“We saw good-quality performances and lots of happy faces and have had positive feedback from parents and competitors.

“Everyone was happy to be back in a competition situation as all national qualifier competitions this year were cancelled due to Covid. For competitive trampolinists, who have been practising all year, this has been their only chance to compete,” Bell said.

The Flite Club goes from strength to strength with 44 athletes and 60 of all ages on the waiting list. 25 of the athletes in the club entered the championships.

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