36th FIG Trampoline World Championships Preview
Sofia, Bulgaria is set to be the home of the world’s best Trampoline gymnasts over the next week, as the 36th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships takes flight, with an extensive squad of Australians looking to become the new World champions in the 15 different categories on offer.
Current National champions Abbie Watts and Shaun Swadling head the seven trampolinists who will be competing, alongside New South Wales trio Imogen Florian, Jess Pickering and Leanne van Rensberg, Queenslander Jayden Robinson-Patch and Tasmanian Patrick Schluter.
Blake Rutherford was also selected for the squad but made the decision to pull out prior to the event due to injury, whilst Kira Ward is present as a reserve, primarily for synchronised trampoline.
All eyes will be on Australia’s tumbling squad, with a wealth of international experience this year alone present in the team. Ethan McGuinness, the reigning National champion and gold medallist at the Trampoline World Cup in Rimini, Italy will be looking to execute his routine, which made headlines for equalling the hardest difficulty score ever attempted. Jack Hemmings, Ethan’s clubmate from the Kachan School of Tumbling, who placed 2nd at the National Championships, will be looking to stamp his mark on the international stage, as will Tasmania’s Jacob Smith and Queensland’s Thomas Clough.
The female tumblers are also aiming high in Sofia, headed by 17 year old Breanah Cauchi, who earlier this year secured a Bronze Medal at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. Alongside Breanah is Kachan School of Tumbling clubmate Koralee Catlett, and South Australian duo Georgia Beddall and Kiara Hutchinson.
Cheyanna Robinson, who made the final at the World Games in Double Mini Trampoline, will be aiming for the podium, alongside National Champion Carina Hagarty, Braida Thomas and Keara Nel. Tasmanian trio Leuca McLeod, Matthew French and Callum O’Sullivan will be flying the flag for the Aussies in the Men’s component of the competition, along with Victorian Alex Luyckx.
Held inside the state-of-the-art Arena Sofia, the 36th Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships from 16-19 November brings together the Olympic discipline of Individual Trampoline and three other high-flying events.
Trampolinists perform some of the most daring acrobatics in Gymnastics, catapulting themselves up to 10 meters in the air as they execute triple or even quadruple somersaults before landing.
In Synchronised Trampoline, pairs try to mirror each other while flipping side by side. In Double Mini-trampoline, gymnasts use a runway to launch themselves onto a narrower trampoline slightly slanted at the front, and in Tumbling, the gymnast flips and twists down a springy jetway, capping performances with dismounts of incredible height and skill.
Whilst there is no livestream available for Australian residents in qualifying, the finals will be live streamed on the FIG YouTube Channel, which you can subscribe to here .