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City of Plymouth Trampoline Club enjoy success at English Championships in Sheffield

CITY of Plymouth Trampoline Club are celebrating after returning home with a number of medals and titles from English Championships which were held in Sheffield.

Leading the way for them on the first day of the national competition was Ben Bluett.

Bluett enjoyed a tremendous finals debut winning the 15-16 year-old silver double mini trampoline (DMT) title. He compete the highest difficulty of the age group event, showing off his impressive double somersaults with complete control to win gold.

The following day saw Nya Evely achieved a personal best to win the English 11-12 girls’ gold trampoline title.

Evely grew in confidence as the event progressed and produced a brilliant final route to claim victory ahead of Carlisle’s Emily Trotter.

She later followed that up by teaming up with City of Leeds’ Gabriella Moorhouse in the mixed synchronised trampoline event, where they won silver behind Liverpool’s Max Middleton and Tom Gibson.

There was also individual trampoline title success for Jenny Moore.  After two great preliminary routines, Moore qualified for the finals in the over-15 disability category one section. In the final she produced a season’s best, showing complete control and skill to take gold.

Moore backed that up by teaming up with Exeter’s Katy Logan and becoming English synchronised disability trampoline champions. She was also fourth in the DMT event.

There was a silver medal for Plymouth’s international Oscar Piper in the 13-14 years’ double mini trampoline (DMT) event.

Piper, who will be going to the Junior World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, later this year, made a small mistake in his second pass in the preliminary round but still made it into the top eight final, where he knew it was all to play for. He delivered twisting double somersaults over his next two passes, and convicted them with pure control and determination. He scored a PB on one of his final passes to secure the silver medal in the championships.

The youngster, who was recently being selected to represent British Gymnastics in France on the trampoline, took seventh place in that event the day before.

His sister, Evangeline Piper, just missed out on a medal in the 13-14 years’ female DMT event, where she finished fourth.  Preparing herself for the British Championships in a couple of weeks’ time and her second call up for the England team in Portugal next month, she had a lot to do in a fierce field of competitors. But she showed some incredible form, executing her skills with the highest quality to finish fourth. She had also come 10th in a strong individual gold trampoline event the day before.

There was a silver medal for Adam Lee in the 11-12 years’ silver DMT competition. He completed his preliminary passes well to book himself a place in the top eight final, where he went on to impress. The inclusion of some new double somersaults this season, and some great quality landings saw he finish second. He had also finished 12th in the individual trampoline competition.

On the first day in Sheffield, Billy Lucey and Oliver Lacey compete in their first ever trampoline championships final. They took part in the 9-10 years’ event and showcased some impressive routines. Billy, after a small mistake, showed resilience to place 12th, while Oliver put down two routines qualifying for the final, where he impressed again to take sixth spot.

Oliver also took part in the mixed 9-10 DMT event, where he competed well to finish ninth.

The City of Plymouth team are now in preparation for the forthcoming British Championships, which will take place in Birmingham over the weekend of September 28-29.

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