Orbit make long journey count in Hull

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Orbit trampolinists made the long journey to Hull recently for the latest round of the National Trampolining League.

The competition was split into events on both Saturday and Sunday, with Orbit having entries in each of the competitions.

Ritchie Clarke began in the 19+ men’s L3. He worked routines that he and his coach had spent a good deal of consideration to get his style and difficulty as well matched as possible.

It paid off, and he lead from the start. The set and voluntary routines counted for the points, and Ritchie was first, earning him 100 points.

His coach had never seen him jump as well at competition, and to add the icing, in the Zero final for the day’s medals, Ritchie was also first again, adding a gold to his achievement.

Moving up to L2 in the afternoon, Emily Roxbee-Cox and Tess Walker lead the way in the 17-8 girls.

Both girls had had training difficulties, lack of time, small injuries, and so entered slightly below par. However, they successfully completed both routines, falling outside of the day’s final eight, in 10th and 11th place respectively, taking 20 and 18 points.

On the Sunday, Orbit’s French guest member Tristan Lagny jumped in the Men’s 19+ L1.

In a formidable group, with high difficulty routines and huge height. Tristan settled to the task, his confidence growing with each warm up routine.

A stylish set put him in the top 5, a good position from which to launch his voluntary.

This went as well as the team could have hoped, high and central with good control, which earned him 8s from the judges to put him second.

To top it off, Tristan jumped almost equally well in the Zero final, stepping on the podium in third.

Finally, also in L1, Dayle Walker competed in the 19+ ladies, a very strong group.

A stylish and controlled set scored her in the 8s, and her voluntary routine used the highest difficulty that she has attempted to date, so not easy to execute, but Dayle still acquired high marks from the judges.

For the first time at this level, Dayle reached the final in seventh place with 24 points. Her last routine of the day was arguably her best, raising her two places to fifth.