Khabarovsk World Cup
After only competing in the Australian National Clubs Carnival two weeks ago, our trampoline athletes headed off to Russia from the Gold Coast, for the 3rd World Cup of 2019. Another important competition in the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The team touched down in Khabarovsk on the 15th September and had the week to acclimatise and prepare for competition which took place on the 21st and 22nd.
Lauren Sampson and Jessica Pickering (Eastlake Trampoline Sports) performed exceptional routines in the synchronised event, which saw them make finals in 7th position. The pair improved on their preliminary routine and finished in 2nd place, with a score of 48.450.
Jessica also performed consistent routines in the individual competition, placing 27th with a score of 100.270.
Jess told Gymnastics NSW following the event, “I was super nervous but excited to compete against the top of the women’s field! Such an amazing atmosphere! I am looking forward to training in Barcelona and improving my routines for the next competition. Also looking forward to a nice cup of coffee!”
Also in the women’s individual event, Kira Ward (Sydney Gymnastics Centre), ranked as the top Australian female in 17th position, scoring 101.265, in a very competitive field.
Dominic Clarke (Sydney Gymnastics Centre), who recently claimed gold at the National Clubs Carnival, had another fantastic competition at the World Cup, placing as the top Australian in 14th position (scoring 110.965). This gained Dom valuable Olympic Qualification points with only a few competitions left to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Aiden Thomas and Blake Rutherford (Eastlake Trampoline Sports) ranked 39th (103.980) and 49th (96.055) respectively in the men’s individual event.
The team will now travel to Spain, where they will under take a 2 week training camp in preparation for the next World Cup competition on the 5th and 6th of October. The team will be joined by the senior tumbling athletes from KSTP (Jack Hemmings, Blake Grainger and Ethan McGuinness) who are also competing in this event.
Congratulations to the entire Australian team for a fantastic showing on an international stage, we look forward to seeing what the next month will bring for the athletes and coaches.