It’s an exciting time for Uckfield-based trampoline gymnasts with 12-year-old Alex Oakley selected to represent Great Britain in The World Age Group Championships in Tokyo next month, and others selected to join England or GB squads.
Alex, who attends St Paul’s School in Burgess Hill, and lives in Lewes, is a member of the Sky High Club at Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre on the Bellbrook Estate in Uckfield.
He will compete against other Double Mini Trampoline gymnasts from around the world in his age group in the stadium which, next year, will be at the heart of the Olympic Games.
Alex flies to Japan on November 29 and competes on December 6.
Then, on December 14 Alex is due to profile for selection to the GB or England trampoline squads.
Other gymnasts selected for England or GB teams include:
Abi Jaques, 22, who lives in Seaford, and is a trampoline coach at Sky High has been selected to join the England DMT squad.
Erifilly Heonos, 17, from Lewes, has been selected onto the GB Senior DMT squad.
Erifilly, came third in the British Championships in September, a great achievement since there were 17 in her group, many of them much older than her.
Daniel Bradford, 15, from Buxted, who attends Lewes Old Grammar School, and Harper Winslet, 13, from Eastbourne have also been selected for the England DMT squad.
The Sky High Club at Fun Abounds has celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and is going from strength to strength.
One of the founders Gail Andrews told Uckfield News: “It is good to have five gymnasts doing so well.
“I am feeling really positive at the moment. We have some really good kids coming through, not necessarily selected yet, but there is definitely potential.”
Gail also said she was excited about a gymnastics programme the club was running in schools enabling them to identify young talent, and invite them in for a trial when in Reception or Year 1.
Something for everyone
She added that at Fun Abounds there was something for everyone, and every skill, whether recreational or competitive.