Martyn makes British champs

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There was good news and bad news for Orbit Milton Keynes Trampoline Club as two of their jumpers sought qualification for the British Championships in September.

With new changes implemented by the governing body, Emily Young and Martyn Howard had to get used to a new set of rules, but both pulled high enough marks from the judges for their compulsory routines.

Forced by the rules to use high tariff, the voluntary routines posed a daunting challenge. Employing moves only learned in December, Emily jumped bravely with style and control, until disaster struck and she landed off the trampoline onto the end mat.

And that mistake ended her competition and chances, but she was uninjured.

Martyn began strongly, but also ran into trouble and was forced to improvise away from his planned routine.

In the confusion he performed 11 moves instead of 10, earning a penalty point from each judge.

Training went well over the following two weeks, minor adjustments were made and they were both ready to compete again.

Emily was unnerved by the situation but jumped below par, failing to score high enough in her compulsory routine to qualify.

In contrast, Martyn wowed the judges with his compulsory routine scoring just below 9s from each one to lead the competition.

His voluntary was competent, and also scored sufficiently high execution marks to book a place at the Championships in September.

To make his good day even better, a bronze medal rewarded his efforts and stylish work.