Truro gymnast wins trampoline gold at Easterns

Published on May 17, 2017

The Cobequid Spartans trampoline team of Cole MacKenzie, Sarah Brownell, Hannah Gonzales, Daniel Brownell, Abbey Dryden, Daniel McPhee, Lucas Ashford and Breanna Cooney competed at the Eastern Canadian Tumbling and Trampoline Gymnastic Championships held in Amherst May 5.

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A Truro gymnast has won a gold medal at the Eastern Canadian championships.

Daniel Brownell took first place in the Level 2 Men’s Double Mini Trampoline at the Eastern Canadian Tumbling and Trampoline Gymnastic Championships held recently in Amherst.

“It was weird to be at Easterns, there are a lot more people,” said Daniel. “I’ve been to Atlantics the last four years, but Easterns is all of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario.”

In double mini trampoline, the athletes run at a small trampoline and might do a flip or other manoeuvre into the trampoline and another on the way off.

After the first two passes (or runs), only the top ten advance.

Levels in trampoline are based on the skills an athlete has acquired. Daniel is 16 and in Level 2. At Easterns he competed against more than a dozen athletes ranging in age from 15 to 36.

In Level 2 the athletes can do a flip on and a flip off.

Daniel only switched to trampoline this year after competing for years in the floor, bars and vault.

Krista Henderson, Daniel’s coach at the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastic Club in Lower Truro says he has made a smooth transition to the new events.

“He came into the sport of trampoline from gymnastics and so he already had a basic set of skills,” said Henderson. “He did extremely well. He’s been performing well all season. He won gold at provincials, so we had pretty good expectations for him.”

To advance to nationals an athlete has to be at Level 4. To reach Level 4, Daniel would need to start adding multiples – double flips for example – into his passes.

“He could get there for next year but it would take quite a bit of work,” said Henderson.

To safely and efficiently practise doubles, athletes usually jump into a landing pit filled with large foam blocks – something the Cobequid Spartans are talking about fundraising for.

“We have the space now, we have the ceiling height and now we need to start thinking about a pit,” says operation manger Tanya MacKenzie.
The Spartans held a Fun Meet open to the public last weekend with the recreation and competitive athletes putting on demonstrations.

The next couple of months are down time for the Spartans who start up again in August.