The City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club (CETC) continues to thrive as they returned home with medals after competing in their first-ever international competition in the Algarve, Portugal.
The Loule World Cup was the destination of their success, the club’s latest positive impact on the sport’s circuit and a reputation that appears to be escalating by the week.
National achievements for CETC have been forthcoming since the club’s inception in late 2006, but the challenge on the continent provided a different calibre of opposition for the 11 gymnasts who made the trip to the sun-kissed coastline.
With 47 countries registered to compete, including gymnasts who had made significant contributions at London’s Olympic Games last summer, the opportunity to come away with a medal seemed a formidable task even for the club’s more experienced performers.
With the mercury rising in the strong summer sun and the competition’s arena sadly not equipped with a suitable air-conditioning system, temperatures were stifling to say the least.
Nonetheless, George Watson’s pupil Caitlin O’Brien took silver in the Junior Female category of the Double-Mini Trampoline event, with team-mate Ciara Donlevy just missing out on the podium in fourth.
After a tough final round of the double-mini team event, CETC were awarded the bronze medal behind second-placed Canada and champions and home nation, Portugal.
An ecstatic CETC head coach Lauren Jeffrey said: “It was such an exciting event, although getting used to training and coaching in the heat was difficult.
“The standard of some of the other countries’ competitors was superb, but the girls put in strong performances and completed lots of new moves and skill combinations.
“Seeing our juniors participate at an international with no experience beyond Scottish competition was inspiring, and seeing how proud their parents and grandparents were while watching was great – it makes me happy to be able to offer these opportunities to the kids.”
Jeffrey has spearheaded the rise of the club to quite an extraordinary level of competition in a short space of time, however, she isn’t content to sit back and admire the club’s progress.
“Returning home from our first international with a team and individual medals demonstrates the growth of the club and talent of its gymnasts,” Jeffrey explained. “We are in need of sponsorship and funding to continue to develop and offer these experiences to our gymnasts. It’s not just the performance side, it’s the training, travel experience and social development of the youngsters that’s important – these trips empower them and help build confidence.”
CETC are currently recruiting new members and are looking to start a boys only session if demand is high enough – no experience required. Check out the website for details on classes and venues at www.cityofedinburghtrampolineclub.co.uk