Tassie team bounces to top

THE Tasmanian trampoline team landed a swag of medals at the Australian gymnastics championships in Melbourne.

The team came home with five gold, five silver and eight bronze medals from all disciplines (individual, double-mini trampoline, synchronised trampoline, tumbling and the international team events) and across a wide age range.

In the international category at Hisense Arena, Jack Penny teamed with 2012 Olympian Blake Gaudry to take out the senior men's synchronised trampoline event.

Penny (senior men's individual trampoline) and clubmate Damien Axelsen (double-mini trampoline) both claimed bronze medals and gained valuable points to secure places in both the men's trampoline and double-mini international team events.

The team of four (including Launceston PCYC's Makonnen Brown) started strongly in the trampoline final, and with Penny performing a personal best moved into silver medal position ahead of Queensland and South Australia.

In the double-mini event, the Launceston team of Brown and Josh Hedley Williams finished fourth in a star-studded final.

The age component of the championships saw an array of silver medals for Launceston PCYC athletes across a wide age range.

Youngsters Ned Whiting and Tim Wilson teamed together in the under-13 men's synchronised trampoline, Nathaniel Suidgeest, in his first state team, also took silver in the under-17 individual trampoline as did Brown in the international team event and under-17 tumbling.

Lucy Chesterman and Kingborough's Amber French claimed the bronze medal in the under-13 women's synchronised event. Bronze medals were also secured by Maggie Smolinski (17+ women's synchronised) and Dylan Hill (under-15 men's synchronised trampoline).

More trampoline action will take place at the national club levels championships to be held at the Kingborough Sports Centre from August 1 to 3.

Blake Gaudry and Jack Penny teamed up to win gold in the senior men's synchronised trampoline event.

Blake Gaudry and Jack Penny teamed up to win gold in the senior men's synchronised trampoline event.


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