Phoenix trampolinists in the medals

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Kandy Sissons from Phoenix High Flyers Trampoline club, based at Woldgate College, is thrilled that the club’s athletes, also students at Woldgate College, have pulled it off again.

For the third year running, Woldgae students have taken a British Elite Trampoline title, but this year it was the under-13 girls elite team taking the glory.

At the start of the schools first elite round, held in Hull, Georgia Iredale took second place individually. Joining her team-mates, Hannah Stubley - who also individually took third place - and Erin Hansen, they took first place, all qualifying to the zonal round held earlier this year.

Beth Gray (under-15 individual) took fourth place and, together with Gabriella Cameron, Grace Richardson, Megan Smales and Rhianna Smith, took second place in the under-15 girls elite team, also qualifying to the zonal round.

Upping their game further at the zonal round, Georgia Iredale came in first place individually and with Hannah Stubley and Erin Hansen, took first place in the team event, once again qualifying to the British finals.

In the under-15 girls team, Beth Gray, Gabriella Cameron, Grace Richardson and Megan Smales, with Rhianna Smith as reserve, also qualified again in second place for the British finals.

Georgia Iredale placed second in the U13 individual event, and the U13 team of Georgia, Hannah and Erin took the title of British Elite Team Champions with outstanding performances.

The U15 team came in sixth place with credible routines.

Seventeen to eighteen year-old male gymnast Jake Sissons, himself four times Yorkshire Junior Champion and also most recently achieving the Senior Men’s Yorkshire title, alongside two time British Schools Elite Champion, had the opportunity to trial for the European team.

Jake demonstrated outstanding performances throughout the trial process.

Working alongside the Great Britain team has given Jake a taste at that next level, which he has stepped up a gear to achieve.

Jake has paved the way forward for others in the club to aspire to and we are seeing some excellent talent come out of the club.

The first National spring event series held in Sheffield Phoenix High Flyers had the largest amount of gymnasts at National level in the region, culminating in bringing home three medals.

A gold medal was won by Georgia Iredale in the 13-14 elite girls age category with her most impressive performances to date.

Taking first place at the highest level she can achieve will put her on the radar for potential GB representation in the future.

In the level 8, 17-18 male category, George Hamby won a silver medal with his three new routines.

George is a young man who came to Phoenix only three years ago, as a garden trampoline enthusiast, and is now winning medals at National level, as well as developing into an excellent coach.

In the elite 17-18 male category, Jake Sissons won a silver medal having performed under stressful conditions coming off the back of several successful trials and an unfortunate illness.

Jake is also moving into a coaching role in the club to give a great deal of knowledge to the club’s youngsters.

John Chatterton, a level 2 coach in the club and also the club’s senior level 8 male gymnast in the 19 plus category, is the big surprise on the circuit.

Having moved to Phoenix High Flyers just over one year ago, he is now one of the most improved gymnasts in the region.

In 2013, placing second in the national C under-19 male category at the British Championships, John now performs several double twisting somersaults to show his impressive increase in difficulty, as well as aesthetically pleasing form.

A further rising star from the club, who also demonstrated an increased difficulty and improved execution, is Aimee Harrison who competes in the 15-16 age category at level 8. Aimee is coached by her father Tony Harrison - now coaching at Phoenix High Flyers - himself a former Junior World Champion in trampolining.

Sophy Dunhill in the 15-16 age group and Kelly Chatterton in the 13-14 age category both represent the club at level 7 on the National circuit.

Both girls also had a taste of the action with nicely-competed skills in their two new routines, also performed at the recent Spring Event Series.

The club is now preparing for the third Spring Event Series this season, to be held in Coventry on 10-11 May.

It is hoped that, from this event, many may qualify for the NDP National finals in July.

The elite performers in the club are also hoping to qualify to the prestigious British Championships in September later this year.

Phoenix High Flyers is producing some incredible talent from the local community and also further afield.

They offer trampoline classes for all levels, starting from six years and upwards.

New classes will be available after Easter for beginners, so if you have never tried trampolining before just pick up the phone and find out more.

The club is also recruiting for new volunteers, If you are interested in learning to become a coach or would like to get involved in volunteering in the club please telephone for details.

All enquiries to Kandy Sissons, head coach at Phoenix High Flyers, on 07545 474671.