Musselburgh Grammar School’s Fraser McLeod excelled at the British Trampoline & Tumbling Championships winning gold at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last weekend.
Competing in the 13-14 years age group for Double Mini Trampoline (DMT), the second-year pupil was the only boy in Britain to qualify having secured his spot with a score of 122.2 in April’s first qualification event held in Coventry.
But despite being the solo performer on Merseyside in his age category, Fraser, who turns 13 next month, was required to complete all six of his DMT passes as failure in one would have scuppered his chances of a medal.
DMT involves running at a giant trampette and performing two gymnastic skills before landing in a matted landing area. But the youngster, who trains with the Two Foot Higher Trampoline Club, surpassed last year’s achievements where he won bronze at the same event.
“There were quite a few who tried to qualify but I was the only one who made it in the end. But I still needed to reach a certain score and difficulty to get a medal. So I was basically competing against myself so it was still scary. But winning gold is a really good and my biggest achievement so far. I expected to do well as I’ve been working really hard but the gold just kind of shocked me.”
Fraser is also hoping to secure his place on the GB gymnastics team. “I’ve got a couple more training camps down in Newcastle so I’m hoping to be selected,” he said. “I’m training six days a week at the moment.
“My goal is to qualify for the World Championships in 2017 and try and get a medal there. It seems a little ambitious just now but the Olympics some time in the future as well.
“It sounds hard but I’m going to work for it and it is achievable.”