Plenty of ex­pert bounce in young medal­lists

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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