Valladolid World Cup
A busy month for our Trampoline athletes comes to a close, as they finish the final World Cup of 2019. The Valladolid World Cup took place on the 6-7th of October and saw NSW athletes shine once again on an international stage.
A back to back World Cup silver medal was won by Synchronised pair, Lauren Sampson and Jessica Pickering (Eastlakes Trampoline Sports), who recently claimed the same position at the Russia World Cup just a few weeks ago.
In the Women’s Individual Trampoline, Jessica ranked 23rd, the second highest Australian, with a score of 100.640. Lauren placed 40th (96.710) and Kira Ward (SGAC) 45th (95.290).
Dominic Clarke (SGAC) once again performed consistent and clean routines, placing him 12th and the highest ranked Australian, with a score of 110.845. Over the last 4 World Cups, this has been the best result for Dominic.
“My goal going through this World Cup Olympic qualification process was consistency. Because your top 4 ranks count towards Olympic ranking points, having put up solid routines at 4/4 World Cups this year has taken a lot of the pressure off myself going through this process, and gives me the opportunity to work harder and re-evaluate how I can improve on my scores”, Dominic told Gymnastics NSW after the event.
Aiden Thomas and Blake Rutherford placed 63rd and 77th respectively.
With only one more event left of the 2019 competition circuit, the athletes have one more chance to gain valuable Olympic qualification points. Dominic reflects on how Australia is measuring up compared to the lead up to Rio Olympics in 2016,
“The qualification process has changed a lot since the last cycle, and I think Australia is in a great place in both the men’s and women’s events. Our women’s team has more depth than we’ve had
in a long time, and that’s showing in our results!”
The tumbling athletes from KSTP joined the trampolinists in Spain ahead of the World Cup. In the competition, Blake Grainer proved his competition composure and placed 3rd in the Senior Men’s event, scoring 71.600. Ethan McGuinness ranked 5th in the final (70.800) and Jack Hemmings placed 19th in the qualification round (61.900).
“Walking out onto the competition floor I was nervous as this was my first senior international final. But also a rush because I was jumping alongside people that I have looked up to during my career.” Blake reflected after claiming his bronze medal.
The team will now head back to Australia where they will await announcement for the World Championship team. The Trampoline World Championships will take place in November, in Tokyo.