Plenty of expert bounce in young medallists
A group of young trampoliners are celebrating bouncing success after travelling to the North Island Trampoline Championships and bringing home 22 medals.
Twenty athletes from Onehunga’s Extreme Trampoline showed they could bounce higher, flip faster and tumble better than the rest of the competition in Gisborne on April 28.
Trampolining became a competitive Olympic sport in 2000 and involves gymnasts performing acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline.
Mt Albert’s Brooke Dougal, 6, was the youngest at the North Island competition.
The youngster claimed first place in the under-8 synchronised event as well as a bronze in the individual trampoline event.
Her brother James, 9, brought home two gold medals winning the 9-10 age group and the 9-10 individual trampoline event.
Fellow Extreme Trampoline athlete Liam Costley, 7, claimed three gold medals.
His brother Blake, 10, won three North Island titles in the sub-junior international divisions and qualified to represent New Zealand at the Australian National Championships in July.
All four young trampoliners agree that it’s the heights they can reach that has them hooked on the sport but trampolining runs in the blood for both sets of siblings.
Brooke and James’ parents Angie and Justin Dougal have five world championship medals between them.
Liam and Blake’s parents Alana and Tony Costley have both represented New Zealand in the sport.
Tramp champs: Extreme Trampoline champions, from left, Blake Costley, Liam Costley, Brooke Dougal and James Dougal collected a raft of medals at the North Island Trampoline Championships.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch Blake Costley perform some tricks.