High-flying success for Jake Sissons

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Jake Sissons, a pupil of Woldgate College and member of Phoenix High Flyers trampoline club, based at Woldgate, has won the British Schools National Trampoline title.

Jake took the title on Sunday 11 March at the Bristol City Academy sports centre. After qualifying through two previous events, Jake had a clean sweep at the regional event in December held at the Bonus Arena in Hull.

Having won the first round, Jake qualified to the zonal event held in Ashington, Northumberland, winning again in the under-15 boys elite category with a clear few points ahead of the rest. Overwhelmed Mum, and coach to Jake at Phoenix High Flyers, Kandy Sissons said: “Training went well for Jake running up to the British National Finals, which resulted in his victory of being crowned the new British Champion.

“I know how much this meant to Jake to win; the hard work and many hours of dedication have all paid off, having had a plan two years ago. As Jake’s Mum and coach I have had to carefully plan Jake’s training schedule to work around school studies and social life. It is very important that an athlete has a balance if they are to become a success.

“My husband Andrew and I are extremely proud of Jake’s achievements; it’s incredible to believe that Jake only started trampolining two years ago. To achieve this standard in such a short space of time shows how consistent and mature Jake really is.

“To plan ahead now, Jake is working towards representing his country by working hard to be selected for the Great Britain National squad. We are positive that the invite will come much earlier than we had planned.”

Jake commented: “This has become a way of life for me, it’s something that I really enjoy. My dream is to compete for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. My family are all involved in sport, my Dad was a high-level footballer, my Mum is my coach and is herself a former British Aerobic gymnastics champion, as well as coach to many world-class gymnasts. My brother, Harry Matthews, is a professional boxer, whom I admire greatly.

“I felt it was quite natural for me to follow in their footsteps, however I also really enjoy golf. My team-mates who also trampoline to a very high level were brilliant support this weekend and they also brought home a fantastic result.”

Coaches Kandy and Andrew Sissons were so pleased with their team - Rhianna Smith, Beth Gray, Gabriella Cameron and Megan Smales, who also attend Woldgate College. The girls held their own to fight off stiff competition and bring home the bronze medal for the under-13 girls elite team. Great performances by all the girls, with no mistakes in either set or voluntary routines, secured them the bronze.

With Rhianna Smith scoring the highest set score in the teams section, this was an excellent effort by Rhianna. Well done to all the girls in the team who really pulled it off on the day.

In the under-11 girls elite individual category, Georgia Iredale, who is another of the club’s rising young stars, performed a very nice routine, placing in ninth position, up against some very experienced trampolinists. Georgia qualified through all rounds as an individual in the top three, representing Bugthorpe School. Finishing ninth in the country, having trampolined for fewer than two years as a competitor, is amazing.

Team-mates Millie Goode and Esme Littlewood, who are also members of Phoenix High Flyers trampoline club, but represented Pocklington Lyndhurst School, placed in fifth position.

Both girls teamed up with members of Pocklington Lyndhurst School, Emma Hanley and Mimi Brown, to make up the required team of four in the under-11 elite age group. Emma Hanley, having been very poorly minutes before the event, gave it her all in her performance, not letting the team down.

Mimi Brown, who showed a real maturity in the voluntary routine, having never competed at this level before, worked really hard towards her team score. Esme Littlewood scored the highest in the set routine in the team, which was a massive bonus towards an excellent fifth place.

Millie Goode was the last to perform for the team, scoring very highly in her difficulty tariff. Millie has just recently obtained a scholarship to Queen Margaret’s School for girls for trampolining and hockey. This is down to the commitment that Millie shows in her sport. Millie attends Phoenix High Flyers five times a week and has shown a huge improvement over the past year.

A big thanks to Janine Kilsby who is the personal coach of Emma Hanley and Mimi Brown.

Many thanks to Mel Iredale, who gave up her time to help with the recording on one of the National panels, and also to all the parents for transporting and supporting all the competitors on the day.

With the help of all the coaches and volunteers at Phoenix, we have a fantastic club, we train hard but it’s a great club to be part of and very successful - we have many excellent gymnasts to be proud of.

We are currently recruiting for our new classes; we have sessions for all levels from beginners to elite, so for more information please contact head coach Kandy Sissons on 01759 306055 or 07545 474671, or visit www.phoenixhighflyers.com.