Personal aims achieved in Birmingham

Trampolinists from the Whirlwinds club in Taunton won medals and achieved personal aims when they competed in the National League qualifying competition at Birmingham University.

The competition is unlike any other event, and has been created ‘by the clubs for the clubs’, rather than those competitions under the control of British Gymnastics.

The Birmingham qualifier was sponsored by ‘Flip Out’ trampoline park and has grown to become the largest attended competition in the country with entries from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Whirlwinds national trampoline and double-mini trampoline (DMT) team included bouncers Con- nor White (11-12 age group), Lily Hughes (11-12), Samia Sidhu (11-12), Ella Ray (11-12), Lucy Morton (15-16), Jasmin Uminski (17-18), Hope Reynolds (17-18) and Emily Stewart (17-18).

The Whirlwinds performers had a successful weekend of competition. Connor White returned home with a double gold achievement, performing excellent routines in trampoline and DMT. Lucy Morton came fourth out of a massive group of 63 competitors in her trampoline category, and gained a silver medal in DMT com- petition.

Lily Hughes achieved 14th place in trampoline out of 54 in her group. Said a Whirlwinds spokeswoman: “Everyone completed their routines, with many scoring personal best results in what was a highly-skilled and very large field of competitors.” Jacob Turner, the Whirlwinds National coach, added: “I am immensely proud of the team. Everyone achieved a personal aim. For some, this was their first national-level competition and others performed their biggest skills in routines.

“Many performers are aiming to reach national league finals in December. The team is inspired by their success and will continue to work hard in preparation for competitions.”

The finals will be held at the Olympic Park in London, and for more information on the Whirl- winds club, please e-mail:

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