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Junior World Championships Wilden Secures Olympic Berth at World
TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 16 NOVEMBER 2007 Junior World Championships The World Trampoline Championships wrapped up with the age competition this week. SASI’s Alexandra Freeman paired with NSW jumper Hayley Tagell to win the bronze in the synchronised event. She had a commendable 12th place individual finish in the 16 and under age group. As always she had sharp execution scores, but the lack of difficulty in the routine may have cost her a spot in the finals. In the same age group in the boys competition, recent NSW transplant Blake Gaudry was also part of a bronze medal synchronised team. Blake moved to Adelaide in September to try to earn a spot in the SASI squad. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 9 NOVEMBER 2007 Wilden Secures Olympic Berth at World Championships The defining moment for the SASI/National Trampoline squad arrived on the weekend, in Quebec City, Quebec. The World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships served as the lone Olympic qualifying event for the trampoline discipline. Ben Wilden and Scott Brown won silver in the synchronised event, backing up the World Cup gold they won in September. The Japanese had an advantage with their higher difficulty and that carried them to the gold. The SASI men were well in front of the Swiss who took out the bronze. The medal was icing on the cake for Wilden who one day earlier cemented a spot for himself in the 2008 Olympic Games. Wilden, the reigning national champion was 21st overall at the tournament, and the International Gymnastics Federation confirmed he was eligible to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Missing out were Sydney Olympics silver medallist Ji Wallace (43rd), and fellow SASI/National team mates Scott Brown (36th) and Victor Zhuravlev (37th). Alexandra Freeman will compete in the World Age Championships being held this week. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 7 SEPTEMBER 2007 Wilden and Brown win Gold The men’s SASI/National Squad returned from Poland and Russia with some useful momentum as they close in on the World Championships in November. The final two World Cups of '07 were the last chance to make an impression on international judges before the World Championships. The SASI squad turned in some of their best performances to date. Ben Wilden and Scott Brown won Australia's first ever medal in a World Cup - Gold in the synchronised event in Poland. They edged the World Champions from Russia by 0.1. Coach Nikolay Zhuravlev, a man not easy to please, was happy. "it's not like other pairs stumbled and gave them a chance. Everyone performed well. Scott and Ben were the best. They looked like one bouncer - their synchro was perfect." In St. Petersburg, Viktor Zhuravlev placed 11th in a field of 61 competitors and missed the final by the smallest possible margin, 0.1 point. Scott Brown turned in similar performance in Poland, just missing the final by 0.2. Either performance in the World Championships would secure an Olympic spot. Coach Zhuravlev was pleased not only with the results but with the impression our jumpers left upon the judges who will score them again in November. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 6 JULY 2007 National Championships The four SASI Men’s Trampolinists Scott Brown, Ji Wallace, Ben Wilden and Viktor Zhuravlev fought it out in the National Championships in Bendigo last weekend. In the preliminary routines, Ji Wallace showed the highest difficulty and his best form nailing both routines for a huge score of 70.7. He took a lead into the finals where Ben Wilden and Viktor Zhuravlev were within striking distance. Scott Brown made a costly mistake in touching the side upon the completion of his routine (similar to an out-of-bounds penalty). The resulting 1.8 deduction dropped him into fourth spot. On any given day, any one of the four can win so there was no surprise when the inevitable shuffling of positions happened the next day in the final. Brown, having nothing to lose, opted for a new routine with a huge start value of 16.0. SASI / National Coach Nikolay Zhuravlev stated that there are only a handful of men in the world who compete with that level of difficulty. Brown sailed through the difficult combinations and then ironically was a bit shaky on the bits that are usually easiest. " I've only jumped that routine a few times in practice, so to have the changes go smoothly is pretty satisfying." Nikolay and SASI Sport Psychologist Greg Diment were happy to see Brown step out of his comfort zone in a pressure situation of a national finals. "This may be a breakthrough for him," said Diment. Wallace wasn't happy with his warm-up prior to the final, falling several times. In the event, he got a little off balance and had to alter his routine. Wallace also made the critical mistake of touching the side when he finished and lost 1.8 for that mistake. Wilden seized the opportunity and sailed through his routine and claim the gold medal by 1.4. "The gold medal is nice, but I just wanted to show the selectors I can post a World Champs qualifying score. I did that, and that is what I'm most happy about." Brown ended up with the bronze and Zhuravelev finished in 5th. In the syncro competition, Scott Brown and Ben Wilden easily won the Gold medal. Ben Wilden was also named Male Athlete of the Year for his performances in the World Cup series. In the Junior Elite division, SASI athlete Alex Freeman won Gold and was followed by another SA athlete Aslin Styles. The T-Jets (talent squad) had two more winners in the age groups - Alex Cockayne and Nikita Wilson-Beddoe. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 29 JUNE 2007 Trampoline National Championships The SASI Trampoline squad travels to Bendigo, Victoria for next week’s National Championships. The meet serves as a selection event for the National squad and World Championships squad. Meanwhile, SASI gymnast Sam Offord heads to Brisbane for the Australia vs Japan dual meet. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 23 MARCH 2007 Trampoline Flower Cup in Netherlands The 17th Flower Cup took place in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands on March 17, 2007. The Flower Cup is a bi-annual international competition that counts among the most prestigious trampoline events. This year, 376 athletes from 18 countries (Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, the U.S., Belarus, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, and Greece) competed. The overall level of the competition was very high as many international athletes were preparing the upcoming World Cups scheduled for April in the United States, Canada and China. In the men's Class I group 2003 World Champion Henrik Stehlik delivered a convincing performance to win the gold medal. SASI’s Ji Wallace delivered the best compulsory routine in the event and came equal second with former World Junior Champion James Higgins of Great Britian. Despite have superior difficulty in his routie, Wallace had to settle for the bronze medal as the tiebreaker is execution marks and Higgins marks came in a fraction higher. It was Ji's first podium appearance in a significant international competition since his silver medal in Sydney. "It is just what I needed to affirm my improvement. I've made some changes in my lifestyle, cut back on work and I've put more into training recently. I feel great heading to North America for the World Cups." Ben Wilden delivered the third best result after compulsories but struggled a little bit in his second routine. Wilden finished 12th in the field of 64. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 23 FEBRUARY 2007 World Cup Trials Trampoline had a national training camp and World Cup trials at the SASI Aerial Venue which was the first training camp that combined Junior and Senior athletes. It was also the first hit-out for the squad after several months of general preparation and hard training. Sunday featured the senior competition with the SASI men competing to earn the two spots in the Flower Cup (Amsterdam) tour. The balance and depth in the 4-man was demonstrated as all of them hit their preliminary and semi-final routines. The final was tight with only .5 separating the top two spots. Ji Wallace is nearing his Olympic silver medal form of 2000 and he was the clear winner. The added difficulty in Ben Wilden's routine served him well and he will accompany Ji to Amsterdam in March. Wallace and Wilden will be joined by Viktor Zhuravlev and Scott Brown to compete in the North American World Cups in April. There was a great turnout of spectators and they all left having been entertained. TRAMPOLINE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 26 JANUARY 2007 Youth Olympics Results SASI squad athlete Alex Freeman won the Bronze medal in individual trampoline. Freeman posted the best compulsory score of the competition but then succumbed to the pressure and didn't quite execute her preliminary voluntary routine up to her normal standard. She was narrowly beaten for the silver medal by T-Jet (talent squad) athlete Aslin Styles, who had the competition of her career. Freeman paired with NSW bouncer Bethany Bailey and the pair took the synchronised bronze. Styles and her partner, Sally Brown came 4th in that event.
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