Orbit stars reach great heights for the south

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Seven Orbit trampolinists made up the 13-strong squad competing for the southern region at the British Trampoline Championships.

Ben Gilroy warmed up nervously in the L3 under 15 boys group. As his mastery of the equipment improved so did his confidence, and Ben was in first place after a fine opening routine.

Holding his nerve, Ben repeated the quality in his second routine to take the win.

Charlie Roberts was up next, and he took a slim early lead with his routine. And after a sensational performance in his second jump, doubled the gold medal tally.

In the 13s L4 category, Lucy Pangborne and Milly Cole were next to jump for the south. Lucy gave a very creditable performance eliciting 8.0s from the judges. Milly gave a sparkling first routine, scoring all mid 8.0s and one 8.8 pushing her into top spot.

But neither girl could repeat their heroics from the first round, as Lucy ended in a creditable 10th place and Milly stood on the podium in third.

Helena Bloomfield was up against a top notch field in the L5 over 18s. Helena’s coach had quietly expected her to podium, and after the first routines Helena lay around the middle of the group having performed well.

A more controlled improved second routine pushed her higher up the ranks, but there was too much ground to make up, and Helena ended her pursuit in 11th.

In the level 6 over 15s, Tionne Cumberbatch and Ciara O’Brien warmed up well, improving with every turn, maintaining our high standards already set.

In her first routine, Tionne wowed the judges with lovely form and style, hitting the high 8s to share top spot.

Ciara suffered an unusual moment of doubt, travelling and dropping height, but completed her ten skills. She still managed to pulle8s from two of the judges.

In the voluntary routines Tionne gave a show just below her best, but of a high standard, against some other young ladies higher tariffs.

Ciara jumped nearer to her very skilful best, but could not make up all her lost ground.

In the final reckoning Ciara took 12th and Tionne a fine third.