West Oahu Athlete Wins Daytona Gold
Sydney Senter isn’t an Olympian yet, but she’s off to a strong start.
The Aiea resident won first place in 11-12 girls double mini-trampoline at the 23rd World Age Group Competitions for Trampoline and Tumbling Nov. 1316 at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Coach Nani Vercruyssen explained that this international event determines Olympic qualifications at higher levels, but for 12-year-old Senter, who competes for Hawaii Trampoline and Tumbling Club and trains at Hawaii Academy, it still serves as a valuable beginning.
“It’s a meet that sets you up for the Olympics. This is a way they can gain huge international experience because all of the countries that participate in trampoline are participating in this event,” Vercruyssen said. “For her age and her level right now, this is the biggest meet possible.”
Even bigger was the fact that Senter was one of two athletes selected to represent the U.S. in her age group — and both were from Hawaii (Kayttie Nakamura
Sydney Senter took first place in double mini-trampoline 11-12 girls division at the 2014 Trampoline & Tumbling World Age Group Competitions, which took place last month at Daytona Beach, Fla. Senter beat out Viktoriia Khodevtseva (second place) and Erifilly Heonos (third place) with a final score of 65.1. Photo from Nikki Senter.