Ruby reaches new heights

Albany Extra - - Extra Sport - Shan­non Smith

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.

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