He’s a bouncing boy
BLAND CLAIMS A SILVER MEDAL ON ENGLAND DEBUT
MARTIN Bland is bouncing with joy – after winning a silver medal on his international debut,
As reported in Grassroots Sport, the Cullercoats trampolinist was part of the England junior team contesting the Frivolten Cup in Sweden.
England took on squads from Denmark, Holland, Germany and Sweden in the prestigious event, Bland claiming a superb silver in the junior boys’ section.
What made the 14 year-old’s achievement all the more creditable was the fact he was up against boys older than him – up to the age of 18.
Bland said: “I was lost for words when I realised I had won a silver medal.
“The week was challenging both physically and mentally but I was so happy I was able to win a medal representing my country.”
His call-up was recognition for a year of success for Bland, a member of the Washingtonbased Apollo Trampolining Club.
Last October he won the British Trampoline Elite Championship title (13-14 years) at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, making him the No 1 in the UK in his age group.
The youngster followed that last month with gold at the English Qualification Series One event in Gillingham, Kent – triumphing by a clear six marks.
He then bagged another gold at Telford in the British Gymnastics Spring Series One event.
Bland’s coach at the Apollo club Gary Short is delighted but not surprised at his protege gaining national recognition for his trampolining talents.
He said: “I started coaching Martin at the start of last year and in that time he has made massive progress.
“Martin is a terrific prospect and if he keeps working hard and improving the way he is he can go a long way in the sport.”
Bland is seeking sponsorship to help his career develop further. Anyone interested should contact his dad David on 07895 384 684.
Martin Bland proudly shows off the silver medal he won for England at the Frivolten Cup in Sweden