Recoil Trampoline Club’s competitors and their coaches travelled to Sweden to represent the Club in its first ever international competition. The Frivolten Cup trampoline competition attracted 400 competitors from all over the world to compete over two days. Teams included those from the world’s strongest trampolining nations of Denmark, Russia, Latvia and America.
The team of four from Recoil TC arrived in Herriunga, Sweden on the Friday to begin immediate training before the first day of the competition. Daniel Morgan aged only 8 led the 400 competitors as they marched out to proudly present themselves to the spectators and judges. Daniel completed two excellent routines against boys several years older to finish a very respectful 30th out of his group of 47 in the U12 years age group. Next to compete was Tom Mitchelmore who delivered a confident performance to finish 27th. Neither of the boys were there to chase medals but to gain very useful experience before returning in the future to deliver possible medal performances.
Tom Gregory had a long wait until the evening before his competition began and whilst a nervous error during his set routine upset his chances of finishing is a higher position; he managed to get it together to deliver his best ever voluntary routine. The experience for all Recoils youngest international competitors against the more experienced performers was invaluable and has given them an insight as to how hard they must train in the coming years to be medal contenders at this level.
The next day was the turn of our region’s best trampolinist, Joe Harris. He was performing in the FIG B boys group against a very strong field of 17 including competitors from Russia and Denmark. Joe, who was youngest in the group by two years, delivered a first class set routine scoring high marks and then an excellent voluntary routine to guarantee him a place in the final. Going into the final Joe was lying in 5th place way ahead of the rest of the group. The top five boys displayed great camaraderie supporting each other to produce their best performances possible on the day. Joe got off to a great start but experienced problems which would have made most performers halt their routine, but he was determined to fight on and whilst he was disappointed not to move up into a medal position he maintained an his fifth place after yet another first class performance.
Both coaches from Recoil TC, Graham Parker and Debbie Fountain could not have asked for more from this first ever foray into international competition and every performer returned with a determination to close the gap on their fellow competitors. Debbie, who is also the Clubs Welfare Officer said ‘We are so proud of how these young performers represented the Club, the town of Brentwood, the region and our country abroad’. She went on ‘They are all looking forward to their next international competition.’
Recoil Trampoline Club offer sessions for beginners to an advanced level from age 2 1/2yrs old to adult at their unique nine bed dedicated facility. If you are interested in joining the Club who train at The Trampoline & Activity Centre in Great Warley, Brentwood then contact us on 01277 500282 or firstname.lastname@example.org