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TRAMPOLINING: You can hear the ex­cite­ment in Brit­ney Glaze­brook’s voice as she talks you through her well-or­ches­trated and much-prac­tised rou­tine.

It starts with a rudi our pike, pike dou­ble back and full in half out tuck.

That com­bi­na­tion, the 16-year-old quickly points out, sets up the rest of the rou­tine per­fectly.

And per­fec­tion is what Brit­ney will be striv­ing for when she rep­re­sents Aus­tralia at the 25th FIG World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion in Sofia, Bul­garia, this week.

She will com­pete in the 15/16 years women’s tram­po­line and dou­ble mini tram­po­line and the 17-21 years syn­chro­nised tram­po­line.

The Rock­hamp­ton teenager said the na­tional se­lec­tion was an im­por­tant step to­wards re­al­is­ing her dream of com­pet­ing at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires next year and ul­ti­mately, the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. I’ve been work­ing hard all year, hit­ting a lot of qual­i­fi­ca­tion scores, so it’s nice to see that hard work pay off,” she said.

Brit­ney is hop­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence gained from her first world age com­pe­ti­tion in Den­mark in 2016 will hold her in good stead in Sofia.

She is feel­ing con­fi­dent about her prospects af­ter putting in con­sis­tent per­for­mances at the Indo Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships and scor­ing two podium places at the Cana­dian cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year.

The Aus­tralian team has three days of train­ing in

Sofia be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion starts on Fri­day.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to trav­el­ling with the team, com­pet­ing on dif­fer­ent equip­ment, putting my rou­tines up and hope­fully get­ting into the fi­nals,” Brit­ney said.

“I re­ally want to do my rou­tines the best that I can.

“Hours, weeks and months of train­ing go into that one 15-sec­ond rou­tine and it’s the best feel­ing when you know you’ve done it well.”

Par­ents Gina and Ian will

be in Sofia to watch their daugh­ter com­pete on the world stage.

They have been a con­stant sup­port since Brit­ney first tried her hand at trampolining at age four.

Gina was an ac­com­plished tram­polin­ist her­self, and a

ma­jor rea­son Brit­ney found her love and pas­sion for the sport.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing go­ing to watch her at these big com­pe­ti­tions. It’s amaz­ing to see her up there com­pet­ing with the world’s best,” Gina said.


RIS­ING STAR: Rock­hamp­ton tram­polin­ist Brit­ney Glaze­brook is cur­rently train­ing in Bul­garia in prepa­ra­tion for the world age group com­pe­ti­tion.

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