Pocklington trampolinist Jake Sissons is jumping for joy after taking the bronze medal at the National Gala in South Shields and gaining automatic qualification to the British Championships to be held at the NIA in Birmingham.
Having gone through the regional grading system, with a win in every grade and a consistent increase in scores, Jake and his coach Kandy Sissons set to work on preparing for the National circuit.
This started at Hull’s Bonus Arena, with his first National Gala, where he was brought back down to earth with a bump. It was a bit of a shock for Jake hitting scores that were lower than he was used to and placing 12th with a good routine. However this was the National circuit, a whole different game, and Jake did not let this get to him.
All the hard training paid off, as Jake performed an improved routine at his second National event, at the Welsh National Gala, placing fourth.
Jake came away from the Welsh Gala with automatic qualification to the British National finals to be held on 22 July at the NIA in Birmingham, which was a great result and exactly what both Kandy and Jake were hoping for.
Plans for a new voluntary routine were well underway which Jake trialled at the National Gala at South Shields on 5 June.
The target for this competition was just to get through the performance with no major faults. The new routine, with an 8.3 tariff, took hard work and dedication to achieve in time for this event, but Jake more than pulled it off, taking the bronze medal.
Following this, Jake now feels confident he could realistically perform this routine at the British Championship finals in Birmingham; the proof was in the performance and placing.
Jake will now work towards perfecting the routine for the finals, and everyone at Hull FC CDT squad wishes Jake the best of luck - this is a fantastic result for the club.
The aim for Jake is to score in the region of 54.00 as this will give him an opportunity to then move to Fig B for the new season, which would move him on to a different platform.
Jake will then be in a position to be selected for the Great Britain squad. Athletes in this position compete at three National Galas and, on scoring 55.00 or more three consecutive times, they are selected.
Once this process starts, the normal procedure is that the two highest scoring athletes per world age group would then be selected to represent the country at international events.
Regular training with national squads would then happen on a monthly basis - it is then that the athletes take on board an immense training regime with personal coaches and also national coaches.
Hull FC CDT squad are no strangers to this type of workload, having already been in this position with the world-class programme in aerobic gymnastics.
Formally known as Klas sports aerobics and gymnastics club, gymnasts have achieved rankings as high up in the world-class ladder as seventh.
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact head coach Kandy Sissons on 07545 474671 or visit the club website at www.hullfccdt.com and fill in an enquiry form.