16-year-old Andrew Stamp has been selected to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-18 October 2018. Organisedby the International Olympic Committee and taking place every four years as a youth version of the Olympic Games, the event will welcome around 4,000 athletes from over 200 nations to the host city Buenos Aires.
Andrew is part of a Team GB’s 42 travelling athletes after securing the one male trampoline place available earlier this year at the European Championships, however he had an anxious wait to find out if he would actually be the selected athlete as the decision is down to the British Olympic Association.
Andrew, who talent transferred to trampoline from artistic gymnastics as a 9-year-old, said:
“I still can’t quite believe the selection but I’m super excited for the opportunity to learn and represent my country and British Trampolining at the Youth Olympic Games. I can’t wait for the experience.”
The academy, based at Kings Park Trampoline Centre, produced Team GB’s first female trampoline Olympian Jaime Moore at Sydney 2000 and it was also announced that the current Head Coach Harvey Smith will be joining the team for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Harvey, who will be Team GB trampoline coach and gymnastics team leader said:
“The Games are the pinnacle sporting event for any junior athlete and they provide an invaluable opportunity for athletes to gain an Olympic experience at a multi-sport event. For Andrew, it’s the next step in his already impressive journey and a testament to his work rate and dedication to the sport, along with his family’s commitment and I wish him every success.”
Back on home soil 14-year-old Brodie Hove-Coleman lead the way for NTGA at the 2018 Trampoline British Championships held at Arena Birmingham.
Hove-Coleman stole the show as she jumped to victory with a thrilling win in the female 15-16 years category to become individual British Champion for the third time in her career. Brodie, who joined NTGA as a 3-year-old pre-school member, held her nerve competing last in the final to secure the gold medal.
Brodie, who won the 11-12 & 13-14 years titles in 2015 and 2017 respectively, said:
“I’m really happy with my performance, I’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s great that it’s paid off. Hopefully I’ve done enough to qualify for the World Age Group Championships in Russia this November.”
Elsewhere, Tyler Cole-Dyer’s impressive final round performance secured him a silver medal in the male 13-14 years category. Despite an unconventional finish to his second round routine the 13-year-old found himself in third place after qualification and managed to gain a place in the final round. Tyler did go one better in the synchronised event, becoming British Champion for a second time in the male 11-12 years synchronised event with partner Ryan Brown.
Ross Tait completed a complete set of medals for NTGA, finishing third in a strong male 17-21 category after three impressive routines.
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