Trampolining: Ickleton star puts in golden performance at national event

10:04 08 May 2014

Matthew Burson and his coach Tony Fagelman.

Matthew Burson and his coach Tony Fagelman.

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Rising trampolining star Matthew Burson claimed his first ever gold medal at a national event after winning the latest spring series competition.

Matthew Burson 'in flight' at a recent regional event.Matthew Burson 'in flight' at a recent regional event.

Held by British Gymnastics, the spring series events bring together the UK’s best trampolinists to compete for medals and qualify for the national championships.

The latest event, held in Bath, was the 13-year-old’s first opportunity of the season to compete having sustained an injury eight weeks prior to the event. Performing last, the Cambridge Cangaroos athlete put together an excellent routine which averaged 8.3 from the judges and was the highest flight time score of the day.

The difficulty tariff of his second round routine was reduced by the coaching team following an injury sustained eight weeks previous to the event. And the pressure was on to get it right and ensure the form scores made up for the reduced difficulty score. His two closest rivals then recorded good routines.

But Matthew, from Ickleton, was at his best and after a minor scare in the middle of his routine, completed it well to score an average of just under 8.0 from the judges – ensuring qualification to national finals.

With the highest flight time score again and a satisfactory difficulty score he secured first place and the gold medal. His score was high enough to count as a qualification score towards a place at the British finals in July.

Matthew needs a second qualifying score to secure this place and is competing again in Coventry on Saturday (May 10).

■ Cambridge Cangaroos has over 250 members and 14 coaches and assistant coaches. The club is based at Sawston Sports Centre and operates a satellite centre at Saffron Walden County High. For information, visit cangaroos.org.

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