Quartet on a big high after national glory

From left, Ben Peters, Daniel Harper, Hayden Willis and Chris Bell with their trophies.
From left, Ben Peters, Daniel Harper, Hayden Willis and Chris Bell with their trophies.

A trio of Morpeth teenagers were jumping for joy after winning a UK title.

Daniel Harper, Ben Peters and Hayden Willis were awarded first place in the U19 boys’ elite section at the National Schools Trampoline Finals in Gateshead.

And there was further success for King Edward VI School when Chris Bell finished third in the U15 boys’ novice category. All four attend VerteX Trampolining Club – sessions take place at Ashington Leisure Centre.

Ben said that he and Daniel were part of the KEVI team that came second two years ago, losing out by a narrow margin, so it felt great to go one step further.

He added: “We were all nervous on the day of the final, but our coach encouraged us by saying we had done the hard work in training and the earlier rounds and we should enjoy the occasion.

“It was also relaxing when we chatted with our competitors and although the nerves hadn’t completely disappeared, we were able to perform well in the competition.

“It was my last chance as I’m in Year 13, so it was nice to win the title and give something back to the club I’ve been going to since Year 10.”

Each team member performs a set routine and they then do a ‘vol’, which involves coming up with their own moves.

Daniel said: “The wait to find out the scores felt longer than it actually was, but eventually we were told and it was a great feeling to win the competition. Me and Hayden are in Year 12 and, hopefully, we will get another person into the team so we can try to retain the title next year.

“Our coach, Gary York, has had a big input into our development and it was good to say thank you with this victory.”

Hayden said: “The atmosphere at trampoline competitions is great and it’s a very friendly sport.

“It was nerve-wracking as it was my first national final, but we all kept our composure and it was fantastic to win.”

Year 9 student Chris was pleased with how he performed. He was just 0.3 points behind the second-placed competitor and the result has given him a lot of confidence.

“The buzz when you are on the trampoline is amazing, so if you want to try a new sport, I strongly urge you to go along to a session at your local club,” he added.

Gary has been a coach for more than 30 years and he said that he was thrilled with this success in his final year.

For more information about the club, call him on 0191 4693887.