Fear­less Caleb eyes up Games

Young tram­polin­ist wants to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Doug Con­way

CALEB Bur­ton started bounc­ing on his back­yard tram­po­line at the age of two.

He has been bounc­ing pretty much ever since, apart from pesky in­ter­rup­tions for things like meals, sleep and go­ing to school.

All that bounc­ing was bound to pay off.

The al­most 10-year-old, from Has­sall Grove, took up com­pet­i­tive trampolining last year.

And within six months he had won a state level two ti­tle.

He is this week’s nom­i­na­tion in the NewsLo­cal and Rebel Ju­nior Sports Star awards.

Caleb was the only ju­nior boy to qual­ify for the tram­po­line and dou­ble mini tramp at the re­cent na­tional gym­nas­tic cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne, fin­ish­ing sev­enth, with a fifth in the syn­chro­nised tram­po­line as well.

He’s the only gym­nast his age who at­tempts the Barani (a front som­er­sault fol­lowed by a half twist) and the ex­ot­i­cally named “crash dive ball out half”, which is a late som­er­sault on to his back, then a for­ward som­er­sault with a half twist.

“At first I was a bit ner­vous that I would do a face plant, but I soon got used to it,” Caleb said.

“If I’ve done some­thing a cou­ple of times I’m con­fi­dent.”

“What they like about Caleb is that he’ll just go for it,” his mum Tamie said. “He has no fear.”

Caleb, whose am­bi­tion is to go the Olympics, loves the “tin­gling, ex­cit­ing” feel­ing of fly­ing like a bird.

He trains for two hours, three times a week at the Syd­ney Gym­nas­tics and Aquatic Cen­tre at Rooty Hill.

The NewsLo­cal Ju­nior Sports Star is spon­sored by Rebel.

To nom­i­nate, visit the web­site ju­nior­sports star.com.au.

Pic­ture: Carmela Roche

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