Update on Tuesday, November 3: Uckfield trampolinist Louise Brownsey won a bronze medal when she represented GB in a World Cup competition at the weekend.
All four trampolinists from the Sky High Club at Fun Abounds trampoline centre on the Bellbrook Estate in Uckfield who took part in the competition qualified in the top eight final positions, then competed again and were placed as follows:
- 15-16 age group Louise Brownsey 3rd – bronze mefdal
- 15-16 age group Niamh Andrews 4th
- 13-14 age group Erifilly Heonos 6th
- 11-12 age group Lily Robson 5th.
Update on Saturday, October 31: All four Uckfield-trained trampolinists representing GB in a World Cup competition qualified yesterday for the finals.
Our original story on Wednesday, October 21: Four Uckfield-trained trampolinists have been selected to represent Great Britain in international competitions.
All are due to compete in a World Cup event coming up in Portugal and two of them are then going on to compete in the World Championships in Denmark.
The four are Lily Robson, 12, from Barcombe, who attends Ringmer Community College; Erifilly Heonos, 13, from Lewes, who is home educated; Niamh Andrews, 15, from Forest Row, who attends Lingfield Notre Dame School and Louise Brownsey, 15, from Oxted, who attends Uckfield Community Technology College.
All are members of the Sky High Club at Fun Abounds trampoline centre on the Bellbrook Estate in Uckfield.
Their journey to the Great Britain team began with success in the British Championships on the weekend of September 12/13 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Louise came third and Niamh fourth in the 15-16 age group; Erifilly came fourth in the 13-14 age group and Lily came third in the 11-12 age group.
Louise and Niamh won the synchro section performing the same routines on two trampolines at the same time.
After the British Championships the girls went to a trial, again competing in their own age groups, where the Great Britain team was selected.
Louise came fifth in the trial, Niamh second, Erifilly third and Lily third.
All of them will be competing in the World Cup at Loule, Portugal, setting out on Wednesday, October 28, and returning on November 1.
Then on November 29 Niamh and Lily will be competing in the World Championships at Odense, Denmark.
Each girl is dedicated to the sport and puts in between 13 and 16 hours work a week, not just trampolining but also on body preparation, stretching to stay flexible and building strength.
All agreed there was nothing they would rather do than trampolining and Louise said: “It gets to the point where we don’t want to go on holiday because we will miss training. The best solution is to go on trampolining holidays.”
Gail Andrews who founded Fun Abounds with Stella and Mike Jackson, and who coaches Lily, Erifilly and Niamh, while Stella coaches Louise, said she was delighted for the girls.
“I am just so proud of them. All that hard work has been worthwhile.
“It is good for Fun Abounds too to have this kind of success. It raises our profile and hopefully helps bring more income to keep the centre going because it has been a struggle to set this place up. We have ploughed all our money into it. Funding isn’t as easy to access as you would hope.”
There are about 100 club members at Fun Abounds who take part in competitions and more than 220 who trampoline recreationally.
It is a sport for all, including adults and also young people and children with special needs. Two disabled trampolinists got through to the British Championships this year, Katy Goldsmith, from Manor Park, Uckfield, who attends Lewes college, came seventh and George Adams came fourth.
• The four GB team members featured on BBC South East Today last night and the video will be available to see until 7pm today. Move the slider to 23.00 to get to the start point. There’s also a segment of the video on YouTube.