Tram­polin­ist fly­ing high


Canning Times - - SPORT -

KAI Torsvik knows life has its up and downs, but that’s partly be­cause he spends most of his time on a tram­po­line.

The Thorn­lie res­i­dent is one of the state’s bright­est tram­polin­ing prospects, hav­ing just been se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the 2017 Trans-Tas­man cham­pi­onships in New Zealand.

He is also in the midst of a fan­tas­tic com­pet­i­tive year, in which he fin­ished fourth in the ju­nior in­ter­na­tional tram­po­line and dou­ble mini tram­po­line at the Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships and claimed a sil­ver medal in the dou­ble mini tram­po­line team event.

Torsvik, who trains at South­ern Star Tram­po­line and Gym­nas­tics Academy in O’Con­nor, also won back-to-back gold and sil­ver medals in the tram­po­line and dou­ble mini tram­po­line re­spec­tively at the last two state cham­pi­onships.

He said his love for tram­po­lines started at an early age and has con­tin­ued un­abated.

“When I was a kid, I used to like

jump­ing on the back­yard tram­po­line and I asked my mum if I could do some­thing where I would be able to jump on tram­po­lines all the time,” he said.

Torsvik said while tram­polin­ing was ob­vi­ously a phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing sport, the men­tal side of it of­ten went un-no­ticed.

“You come across a lot of men­tal chal­lenges with cer­tain skills you’re do­ing, that would be the big­gest strug­gle for most peo­ple,” he said.

His coach Artem Yakubov, who has been work­ing with Torsvik since March, said his young charge’s work ethic set him apart.

“He’s great to work with. He’s quite a mo­ti­vated guy to achieve his goals, he tries hard,” he said.

“Be­fore I started here he came to tram­polin­ing four times a week, now he trains ev­ery day and dur­ing this half-year where we’ve worked to­gether, I can see he’s get­ting bet­ter.”

Coach Artem Yakubov watches as Kai Torsvik goes through one of his many moves on the tram­po­line.

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