UNIVERSITY OF YORK 169.7 – 186.1 UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
Image: Philippa Grafton
This year’s Roses tournament brought a disappointing loss, by a score of 186.1 to 169.7, for the York Trampolining Society.
However, the scoring of points barely scratches the surface of what trampolining is about. When speaking to club president Rebecca Pedley about her hopes for the competition, she said: “We have a lot more competitors this year, many more than last year, which is really good. It’s about trying to have fun, and see what we can do with it. Many competitors have never competed before, so this is a nice environment to see what it’s like”
This captures the spirit of the event perfectly. Despite the need for carefully honed skills (competitors are judged not just on their routine, they are scrutinised in every way – from how consistent the heights of their jumps are, to how pointed they keep their toes) trampolining is a very accessible sport. The competition is structured so that everyone, from novice to elite, can compete, and a new scoring system for this year’s Roses makes things even more inclusive. Instead of taking an aggregate of the top three scores from each side to make the team total, this year the highest scores from each skill category were added together to create the total, making the scores from every level count.
The star of the novice category was York’s Rachel Bates, who topped the group with a total of 46.6. On a more sombre note, disaster beset the intermediate category as two members of the Lancaster side, Emma Dootson and Heather White, landed badly and injured their ankles. Slips are more common in the lower categories, as competitors are less spatially aware, but injuries are not usually this frequent. The more advanced categories brought some spectacular trampolining to the competition; Rebecca Pedley seemed to fly effortlessly through the air, and convincingly stole the show with the highest individual score of 55.3.
As in any sport, there is a strong mental element to successful trampolining. Jonathan Ward, one of our elite competitors, explained the important role confidence plays in competing: “The biggest thing is the nerves. I started at Uni, doing the graded competitions…coaches judge me the day before and I get really good scores, but on the day I always wobble – but I’m working on it!” Unfortunately, after a good first round, Jonathan’s nerves did seem to hinder his second routine but, like everyone there, he still seemed to be enjoying the day. Trampolining is not always about winning, it’s about having a go, pushing yourself and enjoying the sport.
Novice – Rachel Bates: 46.6
Intermediate – Kanya Param: 38.1
Advanced – Kieran McMannus: 29.7
Elite – Rebecca Pedley: 55.3
Novice – Steven Edgar: 43.3
Intermediate – Gemma Sargent: 45.8
Advanced – Rachel Garside: 45.7
Elite – Joe Pailine: 51.3