Yet another superb win for Great Britain
Fantastic four-way International Trampoline Competition at Gillingham!
Pictures by Sarah Ainsworth and Mike Driscoll
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The famous Jumpers Rebound Centre in Gillingham, the home of one of the British Trampoline strongholds, the Jumpers Trampoline Club, played host to a fantastic International competition between GB, France, Germany and Portugal on Saturday, April 8, 2005.
All four nations have enjoyed a world-wide reputation in the sport over the years, enhanced by their 2004 Olympic finalists (in the case of Germany, also Olympic medallists).
"This was an important event for our team in the run up series to World Championships in Holland during September 2005. We must always keep an eye on and gauge the strength of our opposition and prepare our potential youngsters to compete at the very highest of levels. Great Britain in trampolining is viewed as one of the strongest in the world and we fully intend things to remain that way for the future", said Martin Laws.
Portugalís Olympic Finalist Nuno Merino claimed the highest scoring routine at 40.6 a long way ahead of the next by Franceís Sebastian Martiny at 39.4, but none of the teams could match the British flair for consistency and stability ending in a result of GB 1st with a 10.0 lead.
The event mixed the spectacular with heart aches as the overall result combined the best three score for the Menís and Ladies teamís from each of the countries in each of the three rounds. "What was fantastic to see was a result which used every competitors score at some point, which highly unusual at this level" Ė said organiser Martin Laws
Going into the final round any of the four teams could reach the magic gold podium position. France suffered the most with three of the four ladies crashing out under the pressure, but Britainís men scoring a massive 110+ in both Voluntary rounds and the whole team hitting 100% performance made the end result a sweet victory for the British team.
Before the presentations the teams watched video of the London 2012 Olympic bid and surely we are going to see some of our talent performing at this competition, competing there in the dome. The French team however took this all in the spirit of comradeship so strong in our sport and presented the organiser with a Paris Olympic bid t-shirt!