Australia beckons Dunedin club pair

Corentin Manti (16) performs a jump on the double mini trampoline as Jess Thompson (21) watches ...
Corentin Manti (16) performs a jump on the double mini trampoline as Jess Thompson (21) watches at the Caledonian gymnasium in Dunedin. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Two members of the Dunedin Trampoline Club will represent New Zealand in Australia.

Corentin Manti and Jess Thompson will travel to Melbourne for the Australian gymnastics championships to be held from May 27 to June 3.

Manti (16) will compete in the 17 and under double mini trampoline.

The Kavanagh College pupil qualified for that with a bronze medal-winning performance at the New Zealand championships.

It had been a three-year build-up to get to this point, which signalled his first international level.

That was the starting point to continue further to get to bigger competitions.

Thompson, a university student from Auckland, will attend as a judge.

Thompson, who has previously competed for New Zealand, is a member of Auckland's Icon club. However, she has been heavily involved with the Dunedin club while in the city.

She is also a quality coach.

The club was started recently by coach Jenny Newstead and several other key trampoline figures. Newstead had returned to the sport after a 26-year break three years ago.

The trampoline club split to its own organisation after initially working with the Dunedin Gymnastics Club.

While there were some ``politics'' involved in that, Newstead said the clubs were continuing to work alongside each other.

The trampoline club is affiliated to the College Street Gymnastics Club while it goes through the process of becoming a club in its own right. It had 29 registered members last term and took four athletes to national championships - two of whom won medals.

It would take a group, including Manti, to the Upper South Island Championships in Christchurch on May 4.

That will provide an opportunity for athletes to qualify for this year's national championships.

It will also host an invitational event in September, giving local trampoliners the chance to compete at home.

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