2022 Trampoline World Championships & World Age Group Championships
For the first time since 2019 Australia is sending a team to the Trampoline World Championships and the World Age Championships to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The senior team compete from the 16-19th of November and the junior team the following week from the 23-26th of November.
In the lead up to the event Jarrod Heriot, Australian Trampoline Head Coach said:
“We have 25 athletes competing in senior and 35 competing in the age competition.
The team is in its final preparation with the Senior Trampoline team having travelled to Antibes France for a training camp with the French team before meeting in Sofia to begin podium training.
The Age team arrive on Friday 18th to watch the finals of seniors and begin their preparations.”
“Queensland is on the up and up, with five athletes selected into the Senior Team and seven in the Age Team across every discipline, it’s the largest contingent in a very long time.”
said Darren Gillis, GQ Manager Gymsports & Events, who will be judging Trampoline at World Championships in Sofia.
This gives Australia a real chance to showcase in the All-Round Team Finals, where the top five nations across all disciplines compete in a head-to-head shoot out to crown the World All-Round Champion Club. Keep an eye out for this, as we could be right in the mix.
Queensland also has a great mix of up-and-coming younger athletes selected to the Australian Age team who will fight it out for finals and medals in the second week of the championships.
“We wish each and every one of these aspiring athletes the best, and to enjoy every moment of this experience,”
said Mr Gillis.
Take a closer look at the Trampoline World Championship Team representing Queensland
Senior TRP & SYN Male:
At 25 years of age, with 23 years of trampoline under his belt and representing Australia multiple times, Blake is a veteran to the sport. Having grown up around it his whole life with his mum Cherie being a 9x Trampoline World Champion and the head coach at Rockhampton PCYC, plus his parents meeting through the sport, it’s no wonder he fell in love with trampolining.
Blake Rutherford (Robertson Gymnastics)
World Championship Goal: To put up two routines I am happy with, and I know I can produce to the best of my ability and see where the results take me, but a top 10 finish would always be nice.
Jayden Robertson-Patch (Robertson Gymnastics)
Jayden has been involved in trampoline for 13 years and this will be the first time he competes internationally in the Senior Division.
“I don’t remember how I got involved, but I do remember my first lesson at my local PCYC, how much fun it was and really looking forward to going to class every week.”
World Championship Goal:
I have two main goals. The first is to put up a routine that I am proud of and that reflects my training. The second is to gain a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a competitor in the senior division and apply this to my training over the next 12 months so that I can keep improving.
Senior DMT Female:
Carina Hagarty (Robertson Gymnastics)
Carina started doing trampoline in 2010 when she went to Tasmania to compete at National Clubs for tumbling and decided to give DMT a go as well. She fell in love and is now into her 13th year bouncing.
“I’ve been to three World Age Group Championships (2013, 2015 and 2017), and this year will be my third World Championships (2018, 2019 and 2022) as a part of Team Australia, and as a part of Team DMT.”
World Championship Goal:
To complete two passes I’m happy with, and know that if I do that, I will be on my way to achieving my goals of helping the Women’s DMT team to a podium finish, and qualifying for an individual final, which will both be firsts for me. It will also be the first time I’ve competed these passes and will be a personal record for difficulty for me.
Braida Thomas (Robertson Gymnastics)
Braida is 26 years old and specialises in Double Mini Trampoline. She started trampoline when she was five years old and hasn’t stopped since. She has been selected as one of the three team captains for the event alongside Shaun Swadling and Jack Hemmings.
“I have been to two World age Championships, 2010/2013 and I have been to four World Open Championships 2015/17/18/19 and now going for my 5th World Champs this year 2022.”
World Championship Goal: Would be to hit two solid passes and hopefully come out with a team DMT medal. For future, I have one pass I would love to compete and that is half out P, triple back P.
Senior TUM Male:
Thomas Clough (Robertson Gymnastics)
Thomas started gymnastics when he was 7 at YMCA Jamboree Heights where he did Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, after reaching level 8 he decided to move to Robertson Gymnastics to give tumbling a go and has never looked back.
“I have been doing tumbling and tramp for 9 years now and have loved the whole experience. I have been to 1 world championships before, this will be my 2nd for tumbling.”
World Championship Goal:
At world's I would like to hit two nice passes and improve my scores from nationals and national clubs.
TRP: Darren Gillis (Robertson Gymnastics, GymQLD)
DMT: Jarrod Spear (Independent) – QLD
Queensland has two experienced judges heading over to the Senior World Championships, Darren Gillis judging Trampoline and Jarrod Spears judging the Double Mini Trampoline events.
Following the World Championships will be the World Age Group Championship competition. Take a closer look at the team representing Queensland.
Junior Under 22 TRP, SYN & DMT Male:
Harrison Lee (PCYC Redcliffe)
Harrison started trampolining at Redcliffe PCYC at the age of 9 and has been competing for the last 9 years.
“I started in trampolining because I would jump from the roof of my cubby house onto my backyard trampoline so mum thought it would be a good Idea for me to do it somewhere a little safer.”
This is the 18-year old’s second time competing on the world stage.
World Age Group Goal: Training has been going well the past few weeks and I'm feeling excited to compete in the Green and Gold again. I’m trying to relax now and not think too much about it. I want to get through all the routines. It would be nice to make a final.
Bryce Edwards (PCYC Redcliffe)
Bryce was attending PCYC squash training when the trampoline caught his eye and he decided to give it a go.
“I started competing at States in 2016 and have been competing at States and Nationals ever since. I train 5 days a week, averaging 15 hours, working on refining routines as well as working with a personal trainer for strength goals and a dietitian for nutrition.”
This will be Bryce’s debut at the World Age Group Championships in Sofia.
World Age Group Goal: I am excited to be competing at the World Championships, feeling confident and focused on achieving my personal best scores for selected apparatus (tramp and double mini).
Junior Under 22 TRP, SYN & DMT Female:
Charlotte Johnstone (Redland City Gymsports)
Charlotte started gymnastics when she was two and at the age of five moved into a competition squad choosing trampolining over gymnastics, where she has continued to grow as an athlete.
“I competed all the beginner levels with minimal success until I qualified for my first QLD team when I was 9. I then won my first national title when I was 10 and have medalled every year since. I made my first Australian Team in 2017 when I was 13 and have been selected on a team or squad every year since.”
World Age Group Goal: My preparation for this competition has been good. I have been training six times a week with my personal coach, the QLD coach and the national coach. Going into the competition my goal is to complete all my routines and passes and be happy with my performance. As it is only my second World Championships, I do not have any expectations for placing.
Junior U22 TUM Male:
Kyle Hall (Robertson Gymnastics)
18-year-old Kyle has been doing gymnastics for the past 12yrs. He got his start doing Men’s Artistic Gymnastics for seven years before transitioning into tumbling where he has been competing for the last five. This will be Kyle’s first time competing in the World Age Group Championships.
World Age Group Goal: To enjoy myself on the comp floor, have confidence, and get both passes to the end.
Lucca Wheatley (Robertson Gymnastics)
Lucca is 17 years old and in his last year of high school. This year is his 5th year in gymnastics and first time competing in a World Championships competition.
World Age Group Goal: To land both passes on my feet and to put out my best performance and see where it leads.
Junior U17 DMT Male & TUM (Reserve):
Josh De Beer (Skybound Gymnastics)
Josh has been competing in Trampoline for the last five years and this will be his first time competing at the World Age Group Championships.
He got into the sport because: “I wanted to learn how to back flip for rugby, so I went to a gymnastics holiday camp. Then I got picked to try out tumbling and go to competitions.”
World Age Group Goal: Preparation has been tough, there are good days and bad days, I just hope I will be ready for the competition and that I perform to the best of my ability on the day.
Youth Under 15 TRP & SYN Female:
Willow Head (Robertson Gymnastics)
Willow is 13 years of age and is currently in year 8 at Brisbane State high school. She is competing at her first World Age Group Championship competition in Sofia this November.
Her love of trampoline started at the age of six when asked to ‘trial it’ while training in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Trampoline became her favourite and from there, it has been constant tricks and a whole lot of fun.
World Age Group Goal: The aim for my first world competition is to compete two full routines that I can say I’m so happy with.
Youth Under 15 TUM Female:
Kiara Lowman (Skybound Gymnastics)
Kiara started training at Skybound Gymnastics when she was 9 years old and began competing 3.5 years ago when her coach Wei asked her to try competitions. This is the first time she will be competing in the World Age Group Championships.
World Age Group Goal: I’ve been putting in lots of hard work leading into the competition. I’m nervous but excited to be representing my club, state, and country.
Youth Under 15 TUM Female:
Olivia Powell (Skybound Gymnastics)
Olivia started gymnastics at six years of age doing recreational classes for seven years before transitioning across to tumbling for the last two. Although she has been selected in the Australian team at this year’s World Age Group Championships, she won’t be competing this year, so has been training hard for next year.
Age Group Judge:
Nicole Richter (Independent) – QLD
Nicole has been involved with trampoline for over 40 years, is a former national level athlete and is on the board of Gymnastics Queensland. She is travelling with the team as a World Age Group Championships Judge.