Schools unite in trampoline success

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Jake Sissons, Beth Gray, Gabriella Cameron, Megan Smales and Rhianna Smith who attend Woldgate College, Georgia Iredale who attends Bugthorpe School and Millie Goode who attends Pocklington Lindhurst School have made it all the way to the finals of the British Schools National Elite Trampoline Championships.

Jake Sissons led the way in the under-15 boys elite category, up against some stiff competition. The competition was run over three stages; first came the Yorkshire regional round where Jake took first place, qualifying to the zonal round, which was held in Ashington on 14 January. Jake yet again out-performed the zonal finalists, taking Woldgate College all the way to the National finals on 11 March, to be held in Bristol.

In the under-13 girls elite category, Gabriella Cameron, Beth Gray, Megan Smales and Rhianna Smith just missed first place by 0.1 points, but still took Woldgate College through to the National finals. This was an outstanding achievement, with them having already qualified in first place in the Yorkshire regional round.

Georgia Iredale, who attends Bugthorpe School, represented the school in the under-11 girls elite category placing first at the regional round and taking third place in the zonal round. Georgia just missed out on second place by 0.1 points. However. she will also represent Bugthorpe in the National finals, as it is the top three individuals who qualify for the finals.

Millie Goode pushed the team score up in the under-11 elite category, also missing first place by 0.1 points, but a fantastic high tariff and excellent form contributed to the team placing second. Millie will now qualify to the national finals, where she will work with three other team members from Lindhurst School in Pocklington.

The whole day was a massive success, with 11 students qualifying through to the zonal round and eight of those making it through to the finals, which is an outstanding achievement.

George Hamby, in the under-15 boys elite category representing Woldgate College, placed in fourth position with an outstanding routine performance. George has only been competing in trampolining for six months and has immense talent and is one to watch for the future. Esme Littlewood placed in eighth position in the under-11 elite girls category representing Lindhurst School. Esme performed well and is showing progress with every competition experience.

Elliott Wilson, representing Stamford Bridge School in the under-11 elite boys category performed a very neat routine and placed in sixth position.

In the novice under-11 boys category, James Hyde - a new talented young trampoline athlete - represented St Martin’s School and placed in fourth position, just missing out by 0.2 points, on qualifying for the finals.

This was fantastic work from the students, who all attend Hull FC Cheer Dance and Trampoline Squad, based at Woldgate College in Pocklington.

A big thanks to all our volunteers who helped out at the competition - Pat Ellerker, Megan Ellerker, Andrew Sissons, Mel Iredale - and not forgetting the help and support of all the parents.

New classes will be starting soon. For details contact Kandy Sissons, head coach, on 07545 474671 or email