Jumping for joy at the nationals

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Orbit Trampoline club boasts four finalists in the national championships in Cambridge.

Star performers on Saturday’s qualification round would take part in Sunday’s semi finals and the final eight.

Getting Orbit’s campaign underway was Ciara O’Brien in the girls 15-16yrs League 3, entering the fray in last place. Ciara knew she had nothing to lose as the competition worked from a zero final.

Undaunted, Ciara turned out a great set and voluntary routine, landing her in 6th place ready for the semi finals in the morning.

Also at L3 but in the 17-18yr group was Martha McKinnell. After a nervous set routine, giving the opposition a head start, Martha settled down to pull out a fine voluntary putting her in 8th place and a chance to return on Sunday.

Moving up to League 2, Orbit had fielded more girls.

In the 15-16yrs Emily RoxBeecox was an unknown quantity, having had very mixed training sessions in the week. However, she seemed to remember her better work outs, took her courage in both hands and successfully performed her double tucked backwards somersault which begins both her routines. She got her reward with a semi-final place on Sunday.

Still at L2 in the 17-18 yrs, Alice Day also began both routines with a double backward somersault, which she performed equally well, booking her passage into the semis.

In the 19+ division Emily Young competed as the scoreboard leader, adding to the pressure. After a good set routine, Emily faced her voluntary with four double somersaults included, but jumped well under pressure also going into the Semis.

Her team mate, Cara Stubbs also faced training problems in her routines, but overcame these well and jumps again tomorrow.

Sunday’s Semi-Finals brought us mixed results, although every one performed really well, we lost Cara and Emily RoxBeecox.

Ciara warmed up well, and excelled herself with a fine routine claiming 4th place, just a few tenths away from a medal. From last to 4th was a great achievement.

Martha acquitted herself well with a clean routine securing the 5th place.

In her final routine Alice squeezed out some extra height but was unable to control the flight and fell onto the side pads, and finished 8th.

Emily Young though put in a spectacular performance, jumping powerfully and nailing her routine. Met with rapturous applause, the judges crowned her in 2nd place.