Bible Hill teen eyeing top-half finishes in trampoline, double mini competitions
Goad bounces his way to national championship
BIBLE HILL - Bible Hill's Jared Goad has reason to jump for joy this weekend.
Goad, 16, will compete at the Canadian gymnastics championships at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. in the trampoline and double mini trampoline events.
It will be the first national competition for the member of the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastic Club.
"I'm excited ... but it's also going to be nerve-wracking," said Goad, a Grade 10 student at CEC.
Goad will compete in the novice national 15-plus division. He qualified for the Canadian championship by attaining a 52.9 qualifying standard score at a provincial competition this year.
Goad will be in good company at the national event and will rub elbows with many of the sport's best, including three-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn, and Jason Burnett, an Olympic silver medallist and three-time national trampoline champion.
"It's going to be really cool," Goad said.
Goad and coach Krista Henderson leave for the competition on Thursday. Preliminary competition is Friday and Saturday and finals are Sunday.
Goad said he hopes to finish in the top half in both events, a goal he feels is attainable.
"I think so. If I work hard enough and have a good day, I think I can."
His coach agrees.
"If he's on, he's definitely capable of being in the top half, for sure," Henderson said.
Goad spends more than 20 hours a week at his training facility - the GymEx in Bible Hill. In addition to competing in trampoline and DMT, he also does power tumbling and artistic gymnastics, while also finding time to coach.
"It's a big part of my life," he said of his involvement in gymnastics.
Henderson will be attending her first national competition as a coach, but has experience as an athlete. She competed in trampoline at the 1978 and 1979 Canadian championships as a member of the Truro Flyers, and in 1993 as a Truro Spartan.
Having been there before,
Henderson said the best advice she can pass on to Goad is to enjoy it.
"Have fun and learn from it," she said.
"Canada has some of the best bouncers in the world, so most of all, learn from it, enjoy the experience and go and do the best you can."