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Cambridge Cangaroos make an impact at Trampoline League finals

By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk

Left to right, Cambridge Cangaroos head coach Tony Fagelman and medalists Abhi Marlow-McDonald, Gabriel Strydom Green and Luis Pires
Left to right, Cambridge Cangaroos head coach Tony Fagelman and medalists Abhi Marlow-McDonald, Gabriel Strydom Green and Luis Pires

Silver and bronze medals at nationals

Cambridge Cangaroos members earned three medals at the Trampoline League finals at Lea Valley Velodrome.

Throughout the year athletes had been earning ranking points to qualify for the prestigious events, and seven Cangaroos, and one honorary member, had made their way to the finals, although one was ruled out through injury.

And three of them made their way back to Cambridge having savoured medal success – Abhi Marlow-McDonald, Gabriel Strydom-Green and Trinity Kelly.

With 24 gymnasts in each category, there was a qualifying competition on the first day, and Cangaroos finished with six finalists – with three qualifying in first place, one in third and two in sixth – making it their best results at the league finals.

The first competitor on the Sunday was Luis Pires in the 19+ League 2 Men’s competition and despite an improved score, he just missed out on a medal by 0.05 points, finishing fourth.

Marlow-McDonald and Strydom-Green had qualified in third and first places respectively in the 11 to 12 League 3 Men’s event, and in the final, all the gymnasts upped their standard.

Marlow-McDonald and Strydom-Green both improved their scores from the qualifying round, with Marlow-McDonald earning the silver medal with 43.110, just missing out on gold by 0.1

And Strydom-Green took the bronze medal with 43.035.

Sydney Kelly was next to compete, in the 13 to 14 League 3 Ladies’ competition.

She was in a very competitive group, but produced a strong showing to finish seventh.

But there was a podium place earned by Trinity Kelly.

She was taking part in the 15 to 16 League 3 Ladies’ category, and had qualified in first place.

And only 0.3 separated the top three gymnasts, with Kelly earning the bronze medal with 44.130.

Last to compete was honorary Cangaroo James Able, who was lying sixth in his first final in the 15 to 16 Men’s League One section.

A good routine had seen him compete well, and he ended up in sixth place with 44.105. Zach Goggin was also in the category and he finished ninth in qualifying, just missing out on a place in the final.

There were 51 clubs competing in the finals, and when the scores were added together, Cangaroos were placed 10th overall.


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