Ella brings home gold for Whirlwinds

Whirlwinds trampoline and double-mini trampoline club are celebrating the British Championship win of their member Ella Hooper Bleeks.

The Taunton-based club are delighted with the “fantastic” performances of their elite-team bouncers, Hooper Bleeks, Liam Isaac, Lucinda Parr and Isaac Turner, who competed in the double-mini trampoline (DMT) at the 2017 British Championships in Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

“We had an amazing result at the British Championships, the biggest competition of the season,” said Whirlwinds’ Karen Turner.

After a tough first day of competition for the Whirlwinds, all the team members made it through to the finals the following day. Hooper Bleeks was comfortably in first place after two excellent passes in her section, and held her form ‘beautifully’ for the final, cementing her first position, and earning her a gold medal and the title of British champion.

Team-mates Isaac, Parr and Turner all performed excellent routines and achieved fourth places in their groups, narrowly missing out on winning medals.

Hooper Bleeks and Parr scored enough points to earn their place in the World age group championships, the highest level they can achieve at their age, which runs alongside the World Championships in Bulgaria in November.

Jason Richardson, Whirlwinds head coach, was thrilled with the results and said: “The team were a credit to the club, they all performed fantastic passes, with stiff competition, and under huge pressure. I am very proud of them all.”

Whirlwinds organise DMT sessions at the Bridgwater and Taunton College campus in Taunton. For more information on trying the sport and joining trampoline classes, please e-mail: info@whirlwindstrampolining.co.uk

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