West Oahu Ath­lete Wins Day­tona Gold

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By PAIGE TAKEYA

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.

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