Coach bouncing over trampoline gymnasts

STATE coach Ben Kelly is confident there will be some Tasmanian trampoline gymnasts at November's world championships after impressive results at last weekend's trials.

Six Tasmanians competed in Brisbane, and Kelly said he was optimistic about their chances of being in the team for Bulgaria, due to be announced this week.

Junior national champion Hugh McConnell, of Hobart, led the charge with gold in the under-17 men's trial in both the individual trampoline and double- mini events, followed closely in the latter event by Launceston's Makonnen Brown.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Jack Penny qualified in third place in the senior international trampoline, but a mid-routine fall in the final round left him fifth overall.

Josh Hedley-Williams finished third in both the under-15 events, while Musashi Ledger finished third and second respectively in the under-19 trial for individual and double-mini.

The trials were followed by 26 clubs fighting it out to be crowned national club of Australia.

Tasmania fared well with Launceston PCYC being ranked eighth, Kingborough ninth, Apex 11th and Eastside 15th.

There were commendable individual performances, with Kingborough's Matthew French winning both individual and double-mini level 6 events.

Golds also went to Fergus Shepherd (Kingborough) in the level 4 double-mini, Patrick Schluter (Apex) in the level 5 trampoline and Brown in the level 8 double-mini.

Other medal winners included Nathaniel Suidgeest (Launceston) in the level 5 double-mini, Brown in the level 6 tumbling, Hedley-Williams in the level 7 double-mini and McConnell (Apex) in the level 9-10 individual.

Brown was also acknowledged as overall trampoline champion of the competition.

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