Ruby reaches new heights
At only seven years of age, Ruby Beckett from Albany’s Flipzone Gymnastics and Trampoline Club has been selected to join the WA State Trampoline Gymnastics team and compete in the national competition.
Holding her own against children almost twice her age, she qualified for the under-11 Double Mini Trampoline National Title in the first round of selections in late September.
Kay Panton, Flipzone owner and Ruby’s head coach, said Ruby was on track to become the best of trampoline gymnast her age — Australia-wide.
“This is such a fantastic achievement as she will have another three years in this age group,” Panton said.
“I am extremely hopeful at some point in those three years that Ruby will become the under-11 Australian champion.”
Ruby lives in Denmark and travels to Albany every week to train with Panton, competing for the first time only months ago.
Nailing moves such as the halftwist-straight-back-somersault, the talented young gymnast showed potential right from when she started training one year ago, Panton said.
“Ruby will need to go up to Perth several times to train with the State team beforehand, so it’s going to be an expensive time for both of us,” Panton said of the preparation for the national championship.
“We might be looking for sponsorship later on, as under-13year-olds, unfortunately, cannot receive any sports grants at present from the sports council.”
The national championships will be held in Melbourne in 2018.
RIGHT: Ruby Beckett has been selected for the WA State team.