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Cambridge Cangaroos hop into regional semi-final stages

Cambridge Cangaroos Ali Macrae
Cambridge Cangaroos Ali Macrae

Joy at National Development Trampoline Competition

Macy Dexter, Liam Whistler and Ali Macrae earned spots on the podium as Cambridge Cangaroos had 11 gymnasts qualify for the regional semi-finals at the National Development Trampoline Competition.

The event was staged in the Cambridge University sports hall as more than 400 gymnasts from all over the region, with 22 competitors from Cambridge Cangaroos, sought to get a minimum aggregate execution score of 42 points across both rounds of the event.

Dexter had already qualified first in the Level 3 women’s 11 to 12 age group, so took the step up to the Level 4 category.

Two high-scoring routines saw her finish with 47.3 to win the silver medal, and now Dexter has to decide what to compete at the regional semi-finals.

Whistler earned a bronze medal in the Level 5 men’s 13 to 14 age group, having made the step up in competition.

After a solid first round, an error meant he was unable to complete the second routine, but his first-round score of 22.4 earned him third place.

In the NDP 5 women’s 13+ age group, Niamh Finlayson was competing for the first time in a few months and scored 45.4 for fifth place, while Sydney Kelly was 10th, having posted the highest score in the second round after an unfortunate error in the first routine meant she got a zero score.

Isla Cowling went in the Club 2 women’s 9 to 10 age group and after an error in her first routine was fourth with 21.5.

Molly McGregor reached the regional semi-finals after scoring 44.80 for sixth in the Level 2 women’s 9 to 10 age group.

Gemma White and Sophie Ralph were in the largest competition of the day, the Level 3 women’s 13+ category.

White scored 45.1 for 23rd to qualify for the regional semi-finals, but an error in her second routine meant Ralph scored 22.2 for 28th place.

Poppy Budd reached the regional semi-finals by finishing ninth in the Level 2 women’s 11 to 12 category with 45.2, and there was also successful progress for Henry Ashton as he was 10th in the Level 4 men’s 13+ age group.

In the Level 1 women’s 9 to 10 category, Rhiannon Monie was 16th with 43.1 to qualify for the regionals, while Lilly Goodbrand was 21st with 21.9.

Anya Snook, Yasmin Snook and Maya Humphries all qualified for the regional semi-finals as they finished second in the team event in the Level 4 women’s 13+ section.

Yasmin Snook was seventh with 48.3, Anya Snook was 12th with 47.8 and Humphries was 18th with 45.5.

Oliver Burrell was seventh with 22.0 in the Level 1 men’s 13+ group after an error in the first routine.

Scarlett East was 22nd with 43.3 to qualify for the regional semi-final in the second biggest group of the day, the Level 2 women’s 13+.

Cangaroos’ last competitor was Ali Macrae who had driven three hours to take part in the Level 7 men’s 17+ category.

An excellent first-round routine put him in contention for a medal and a successful 20 seconds of competition saw him take the bronze with 45.4, and also book a spot at the regional semi-finals.

The regional semi-finals are in March.

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