Great Britain’s women’s tumbling team have been crowned world silver medallists on the second day of the 2015 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT World Championships in Odense, Denmark with our women’s trampoline team finishing 5th in their team final .
With three gymnasts from each county performing one pass each in the tumbling final and all three scores counting towards the final total, the pressure was on to perform. It was a great start for the team with Yasmin Taite powering down the track to perform a double straight somersault transition and finishing with a double pike for a solid 33.100 to put GB top of the leader board after the first set of passes. Experienced Lucie Colebeck then executed a brilliant run posting a 34.700 to keep GB’s medal hopes alive. Our youngest team member Rachel Davies was last up; she held her nerve incredibly well to score 35.200 to give Great Britain world silver, just 0.5 behind gold medal winners China, a fantastic result showing great promise for the future for a young team of gymnasts.
Yasmin told us after: “It was really nerve-racking starting off for the team. It was quite scary but to get onto my feet was amazing and the rest of the girls did an absolutely incredible job so i’m really pleased.”
Lucie was over the moon at the promise the team showed: “I’m really pleased, I only just found out that we were only 0.5 away from gold, so that is a really big achievement for us considering two years ago they were miles ahead. So maybe in the next team event in two years’ time we could take that gold medal. It’s certainly achievable and something we are all going to work hard for.”
First year senior Rachel had to calm her nerves throughout: “That was literally the most scared I have ever been in my whole life! Yasmin did well so the pressure built and then Lucie was amazing so then all the pressure was on me to do well too. I was stressing but Ashleigh and Craig our coach were calming me down so I just tried to stay focussed and warm and it paid off!”
In the women’s trampoline final, the British team qualified in second looking to make the podium. It was a strong start for the girls with Bryony Page looking very calm under pressure scoring 54.045. Unfortunately, second up, Pamela Clark had to finish her routine after the second skill after she landed on the end of the trampoline bed, leaving the girls some distance behind if they were to medal. Olympian Kat Driscoll anchored for the team with a strong performance to score 54.200 with the girls eventually finishing in 5th with a total of 114.475. Although it might not be the result the girls were hoping for, it was a great chance to perform their routines once again, ahead of Sunday’s all important individual final and Olympic qualifier.
Also taking place on the second day of competition were the men’s and women’s double-mini trampoline qualifications.
In the women’s event, all three girls (Sapphire Dallard, Nicole Short & Kirsty Way) went through cleanly to qualify in 4th for the team final tomorrow. Individually, Nicole Short impressed with two difficult runs that saw her score 68.600 and qualify 5th for the individual final with Sapphire finishing 16th and Kirsty 19th.
In the men’s event, British Champion Nathaniel Scott started for the team with a very difficult pass but unfortunately he landed awkwardly and had to be seen by the medics, eventually withdrawing from the competition with an injured ankle. Pete Cracknell and Michael McNabb performed two clean passes to finish in 22nd and 29th respectively. Andrew Houston unfortunately had to count a 0 on his first pass after he was unable to complete his second skill but pulled back strongly on his second pass and finished 32nd.
The Championships continue tomorrow for Great Britain (Saturday 28th November) with the men’s tumbling team finals, women’s DMT finals and the women’s tumbling individual finals.