Four young athletes will represent the Waitaki district at an upcoming national trampoline competition.
Caitlin Middlemiss (17), Samantha Atley (15), Lily Pali (14) and Charlotte Lane (11), members of the Saints Trampoline Club, will travel to Tauranga as part of an Aorangi regional team to compete in the New Zealand trampoline championships.
Middlemiss, the senior member of the squad, can’t wait to compete at a national level again.
“I’m really excited,” she said
“My last two attempts at nationals didn’t go to plan, so this year I’m really looking forward to actually doing well.”
The Saints Trampoline Club has had plenty of success in recent times.
It can boast four South Island title holders and three bronze medal winners from the South Island championships.
The four who qualified for the national event will compete in different age groups against athletes from various clubs throughout New Zealand.
Each girl had to do well in four qualifying competitions to gain entry to the national championships.
There are two events in competitive trampoline – all of the Saints athletes qualified in both disciplines – while two of the girls will team up to compete in the synchronised event.
Head coach Michelle Johnstone said the girls had done “exceptionally well” in qualifying for the national event and gaining medals at every competition so far.
“It is an amazing achievement for such a small club,” she said.
“It should be a good competition.”
The national championships are held in late October and run for six days.