LOGS Student Achieves Soaring Success with Latest Trampolining Triumph
LOGS Year 10 Student Daniel Bradford literally rose to the challenge to bring home gold with his latest trampolining win after performing two testing routines each combining 10 different moves including 4 x double somersaults in one routine.
Daniel successfully completed his two routines in the U19 (years 10-14) Men’s Elite competition at the BSGA Southern Zonal Trampoline Championships at Places Leisure Centre, Eastleigh on the 19th January 2019.
The Southern Zonal Competition is the second round of the annual British Schools’ Gymnastics Association Trampoline Competition. It brings together the top gymnasts from 4 regions (South; South East; South West; London).
The entry consisted of 420 gymnasts competing across the levels of competition: Disability Novice and Elite, Novice Level, Intermediate Level and Elite Level. Daniel was one of 11 gymnasts entered into the year 10-14 (U19) Men’s Elite Level.
Lynette Bradford, Daniel’s mother explained. “The first round was very close with Daniel just 0.05 points ahead, the voluntary routines were nail- biting as each of the 11 gymnasts completed their routines. Waiting for the final results, it was anyone’s guess? But Daniel won 1st place for LOGS”.
No stranger to hard work and dedication, Daniel has been practising complex routines since he was just six years old. In preparation for the Zonal round, Daniel was well-prepared as he has been training four evenings after school and additionally at the weekends developing new skills and routines as a competitive member of the Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy in Uckfield.
“Daniel is a committed, hard-working and superb trampoline gymnast and sets a wonderful example to the younger members of the Club. He competes at the highest level and has once again shown how talented he is by winning this very tough round of the competition. Daniel will undoubtedly be very hard to beat at the National Finals and we are hopeful he will return as Schools’ Champion. Fantastic work Dan and good luck!” Stella Jackson, Head Coach and MD of Sky High Gymnastics Academy.
Daniel will now go on to represent LOGS in the 2018-2019 BSGA National Schools Final Schools Trampoline Championships to be hosted by the West Midlands at The Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock on 2nd March 2019.
“I am very proud of Dan’s achievements on behalf of LOGS and LOGS PE Department representing our school.” Murray Heywood, Head of PE & Games and Duty Manager.
The results continue Daniel’s long-running streak of sporting success. In 2017, he won four medals at the Trampoline Tumbling & DMT English Championships and in 2018 he won the Under 14 Boys Elite category at the 2018 British Schools Trampoline Finals.
Proud mum Lynette said, “We are so proud of Daniel, and his achievements in this year’s BSGA Championships, there were no expectations on him as he moved up in age category to the U19 Men’s, it proved to be an exciting competition on Saturday as the gymnasts all completed their voluntary routines, we kept our figures crossed he would have done enough to qualify for the National Finals.”
“Daniel’s success this weekend is to be applauded. Following a week where he had missed training due to a neck injury, Daniel was determined to compete for his school whilst still in pain. We decided to lower the difficulty of his routine so he could still represent his school at this competition. Such resilience and determination is to be recognised when it would have been an easy choice to pull out. He is obviously proud to represent his school and hopefully he will now be able to defend his title as the U14 BSGA Elite Champion, which he won last year”. Mrs Gail Andrews, Senior Trampoline & DMT High Performance Coach (Daniel’s personal coach and mentor).