Amy takes gold at British Championships 

YOUNG UWIC trampolining ace Amy Morris has hit the heights by winning a national gold medal at the 2008 British Trampoline Championships in Birmingham this week.

Amy, just 12, soared to victory in the Under 15 Grade 2 Girls category at the biggest trampoline competition ever held in Great Britain, which included Olympians, World Cup Final medallists and top 10 world-ranked trampolinists.

The two-day event at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena proved a highpoint for the Cardiff based UWIC Academy trampolining team, who also bagged silver and bronze medals - the culmination of a year of tough qualifying competitions.

Jake Bailey, Head Coach, said: “We are so proud of the whole UWIC team; it’s the best performance we’ve achieved. Out of our qualifying squad of 11, we had three finalists at Grade 1 level for the first time, and four finalists at Grade 2.  “As only the top eight make the final, this is an impressive achievement.”

“Amy’s performance was outstanding; she beat 37 other girls and won by two clear marks.”

Amy, from Brackla, Bridgend, has been trampolining for four years. She trains four days a week for two to three hours a day, and does gymnastics on her other days. She represented Britain at the World Age Group Championships in Canada in November and was the second highest placed British entrant in the under 13 girls category, achieving eleventh place.

Of her win she confessed: “It was nerve wracking, it was a huge hall, I was so nervous but I did a nice set and for my final I did the best routine I’ve ever done. I was shocked to come first, it was just amazing, the best feeling winning.”

Other UWIC successes in the British Championships included 22-year old UWIC student Mark Samuels who took silver in the men’s over 19s competition at Grade 1, the sport’s highest skill level. Michael Yeates came fourth in the same category, and boosted by a solid performance from his brother Tom Yeates, the three went on to secure the Team bronze medal.

Zainub Akbar, age 11, who already competes at the Grade 1 level, achieved eighth place in the Under 13 girls category.

“The whole squad has been phenomenal, overall this was a fantastic achievement for UWIC trampolining,” said Bailey.

Also competing at Birmingham was seven-time British Champion and Britain’s Olympic trampolinist for Beijing, Claire Wright.

Trampolining was first included as an Olympic sport at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The results for UWIC were:
Grade 1
Mark Samuels               2nd Over 19 Men (UWIC student)
Mike Yeates                 4th Over 19 Men (UWIC student)
Zainub Akbar                 8th U13 Girls 
Grade 2
Amy Morris                   1st Under 15 Girls
Matthew Leigh               3rd Under 19 Boys
Dan Dudman                 6th Over 19 Men (UWIC student)
Naomi Bevan-Jones      6th Over 19 Ladies (former UWIC student)

UWIC’s other qualifiers were: Bryony Harper (Grade 1 U13 Girls), Thomas Yeates (Grade 1 19+ Men), Rachel Yeates (Grade 1 U17 Girls) and Rhian Harron (Grade 1 U13 Girls)

UWIC won Bronze medal in the Over 19 Men’s Team competition, and Zainub Akbar, with her partner, Chloe from Freefallers, placed sixth in the U15 British Synchronised Final.

Notes to editors
The University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Academy was founded in 2001 and has grown from a club of six people training for just one hour a week, to a club of over 150 members training over four days for around 25 hours a week. It is part of the UWIC Academy structure, which provides sports training for approximately 1,600 children per week.  The trampoline club has strong links with UWIC university students, many of whom are coaches and performers, linking their academic studies with their sport.  The club has several members who have represented Wales, and is hoping for good representation at the next international, a Home Nations event in November against England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
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