The sports of karting and trampolining seem a world away from each other for Jordan Goodyear (14) and Chelsea Cooper-Ellis (12).
But the Spalding youngsters not only share the same classrooms – both are students at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding – but have shared ambitions to excel in their respective sports.
Chelsea had a taste of where trampolining could take her when competing for Abbey High Fliers Trampoline Club, Spalding, at the National League Finals in London’s Olympic Park last month.
At the same venue where handball and modern pentathlon events took place during the London 2012 Olympics, Chelsea came a magnificent seventh in the final of the girls’ 11-12 league three group made up of trampolinists from across the UK.
Chelsea said: “I didn’t think I’d make it to national level because it’s really hard to get there.
“When I got there, it was a surprise even though I’ve been doing trampolining for six to seven years.
“I was doing it during the summer as just something to do, but Andy and Kirsty Ringsell of Abbey High Fliers were really supportive.”
Jordan is a comparative veteran in the junior motor sport world, having started karting as a seven-year-old in 2008.
“My dad Wayne used to do it when I was younger and one day, he bought me a kart.
“It was a suprise at the time and then I raced at the same track for about two years before applying for an MSA (Motor Sports Association) licence to compete in the Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC), Comer Cadet division.”
Jordan came 15th in his first championship in 2011, following up a second-place finish in the Tattershall Karting Club Championship in 2009 when he drove a 50cc kart capable of speeds up to 30mph.
“Because I’ve done karting for quite a long time, I’ve learned to be very concentrated when I’m racing all over Britain,” Jordan said.
“I race against the same people so when I was 11, we moved up to the next class (Minimax for 60cc engines reaching speeds of more than 50mph) and really liked the track at Newark.”
Chelsea’s rise in trampolining really started while still a pupil at St Paul’s Primary School, Spalding, where she came seventh in the under-11 group at the 2013 UK National Schools Trampoline finals in Staffordshire.
At the time, Chelsea said: “I was hoping to get in the top three but it doesn’t really matter. I was feeling a bit scared and nervous but it was fun.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s mum Donna said: “I think she’s going to enjoy it because she’s always wanted to do it since she started. I am just proud she’s got through after a lot of hard work and she’s getting really good.”
Later in the same year, she travelled to Portugal with a team of 13 Abbey High Fliers for the prestigious Loule International and World Trampoline Cup.
“Even though I didn’t take part, I got to meet some Olympians and then cheered the team on,” Chelsea said.
“Then I went to the Lincolnshire County Championships not expecting to come anywhere because there were high-level people taking part.
“To me, trampolining was more about the sport then but I beat the other people and was county champion.”
In fact, Chelsea won three golds at the 2014 county championships for 11-12 girls, youth girls and junior synchronised with best friend Olivia Casey.
Meanwhile, Jordan was taking 14th place at the 2013 TVKC Minimax Championships, 25th in the 2014 Kartmasters British Grand Prix for Rotax Mini Max drivers and a year later, he was 14th in the Juniox X30 category at the same event.
“I’ve moved up to the Club X30 Junior class where the kart is bigger, with a 125cc, two-stroke engine that can go up to 65mph.
“Hopefully, I can go through all the classes but it’s a really expensive sport.”
Last year, Jordan was in the line-up for the Kartmasters X30 British Grand Prix and the IAME International Final at Le Mans last October.
“I really enjoy it and I want to race when I’m older, hopefully in Formula One,” Jordan said.
“I’d recommend karting to my friends.”
In trampolining, Chelsea finally got the chance to compete abroad at the Hans Christian Anderson International Games in Denmark in 2014 and came fourth in the under-12 A girls competition.
Last year, Chelsea reached National Gymnast Level when coming fourth in the under-14 group at the UK National Schools Trampoline Finals and being part of the East Midlands regional squad that won the National Regional Team Finals in Peterborough.
Chelsea said: “The event in Denmark was one of the hardest routines I’d ever done where I needed to be tight, mobile and concentrated.
“I’ve fallen off the trampoline a few times, but you just have to get over it and train all year round.
“At the moment, I train five days a week because it’s going to be harder this year to get in the team.
“I’ve moved up a level to the under 13-14s but after competing in London last month – the biggest thing I’ve ever done up till now – I want to be able to compete in the major championships like the Olympics when I’m older.
“Next year, I’ll do trampolining at school because Andy and Kirsty think I’m on the right road in the sport.”