Tassie youth snag gold at national trampolining championships

THE Tasmanian Trampoline Gymnastics team has returned triumphant from the 2017 Australian National Gymnastics Championships, boasting a medal haul of four gold, four silver and eight bronze medals across four disciplines.

Among those to compete at Hisense Arena in June was West Hobart’s Jack Penny.

The most experienced trampoline gymnast in Tasmania and a member of the 2016 Olympic Shadow Squad, Mr Penny narrowly missed a spot on the podium in the senior men’s trampoline event, finishing in fourth place.

However, Mr Penny went on to lead the men’s team to a bronze medal in the men’s trampoline team final – the first time the team has medalled in this event.

Trampoline team leader and state team coach Ben Kelly said this was a “great result” for Tasmania.

“There were so many outstanding results in the youth and junior international divisions,” he said.

“The team competed confidently across all four disciplines, particularly in the youth and junior divisions, highlighting the depth of talent within this sport across the state.

“Some of the highlights were the three gold medals in the youth divisions, as well as the bronze medals in the men’s team events on the final day of competition.

“This is the first time Tasmania has won two medals in the teams competition.”

The 2017 Australian National Gymnastics Championships was the first selection trial for the World Championships, which will be held in November.

The final trial will be held in Bendigo in September.

Caption: The Tasmanian Trampoline Gymnastics team, pictured with team leader Ben Kelly, have struck gold at the 2017 Australian National Gymnastics Championships.

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