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Stephen, Scott with trophy, & NatashaCompetition report - 27th July 2006

Grade 1 National Finals – 15th – 16th July 2006

Once again Brentwood Trampoline Club saw a number of its members competing in the annual British Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Just reaching this stage in a year in which the rules of the sport changed to make it harder to qualify was an achievement in itself; indeed, many grade 1 competitors found the rules change so challenging that they will have to rejoin grade 2 competition! No such problem however for 12-year old Natasha Holme and 13-year olds Stephen Page and Scott Gregory – all competing in the under-15 age group.

The boys’ competition started the first day off, with Scott first to compete in the group and Stephen last. Both boys performed competent set routines that were, however, below their best and went into the voluntary round in 6th and 10th places respectively. Both performed better in the voluntary round though, and whilst Scott stormed ahead into 4th place to go through to the final round, Stephen pulled up one place to 9th thereby just missing out. For Stephen, who said afterwards “the atmosphere was great with everybody cheering performers on but nerves were very high as well” this still represented a good result since he was in the bottom of the age group and will be back in the same age-group next year that much more experienced and capable. For Scott there was an overnight wait before the finals.

Natasha’s competition started in the afternoon with a very strong set round establishing her in 4th place, unfortunately she made a small error on landing the final move of her voluntary and although her aggregate score represented a personal best it left her in a tie-break position in joint 8th place and, having the lower overall voluntary score, missing out on the final day. Natasha commented “it was nerve-wracking waiting to find out if I would make it but Paul (Kitchen – her coach) helped me cope”. Like Stephen, Natasha is also at the lower end of her age group and is looking forward to greater success next year.

Stephen, Scott & Natasha with participation certificatesFinal Day

With only Scott through to the final day the pressure was on him to bring back a result and he did not disappoint. Repeating his voluntary of the previous day that had lifted him 2 places he improved the form marks by more than a point establishing a personal best overall score and lifting him another place to take Bronze. As a consequence of that performance Scott has been selected to represent Great Britain in an upcoming youth match against Germany in Rottenbach on 30th September. Next year Scott will be moving to the under-17 age group where he will face older and more experienced competition although, based on his recent progress, this should present no real threat to him. Scott commented “I really enjoyed the weekend although I was nervous about it and I was thrilled to get 3rd place and the youth match”.

Speaking after the competition the club's High Performance Coach, Paul Kitchen, commented that “these were good results for our grade 1 competitors but considering these three, the return of Hannah Davies to UK competition next year and a strong pool of talented youngsters coming through I am very much looking forward to more next year.”


Brentwood Trampoline Club members have also seen many successes elsewhere in recent months but none as remote as their leading Grade 1 competitor and international performer Hannah Davies who is currently on a gap-break in Australia and New Zealand.  Preparing for a return to the UK and regular competition, Hannah entered a number of competitions in Australia and succeeded in qualifying for the Australian National Ladies Championship in Brisbane.  Despite suffering an injury a few days before the competition that had her under a physio. for treatment, Hannah competed scoring the highest set (2.2 higher than her previous personal best) and final round scores of the day (of all competitors male or female in all groups).  Unfortunately her voluntary round was less good and so she missed out on a top place but was still rewarded with Bronze medal position; her stunning form bodes well for her return to the UK in September.


Brentwood Trampoline Club trains at Brentwood School Sports Centre four nights a week as well as many Sunday mornings (£5 pay and bounce) and is committed to having fun with a serious objective. For details call 01277 220722, pop in & see them in action some time (and possibly have a bounce) or maybe just have a look at the club's web site at which contains full details of sessions, results and information about many other facets of trampolining.

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Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE
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