Abbey High Fliers join elite at Olympic venue

From left, Alice Banks, Jessica Jacob, Samuel Archer, Jessica Ringsell and Chelsea Cooper-Ellis. Photo: Roger Banks
From left, Alice Banks, Jessica Jacob, Samuel Archer, Jessica Ringsell and Chelsea Cooper-Ellis. Photo: Roger Banks
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Five members of Spalding’s Abbey High Fliers Trampoline Club qualified for the National League Finals.

The national league is an elite competition featuring more than 1,200 of the best trampolinists in the UK with four qualifiers in Burgess Hill, Hull, Cardiff and South Shields.

A total of 700 gymnasts qualified, including synch-ronised and double mini-trampoline which was held at the Copper Box Arena, a 2012 Olympic venue on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

With more than 3,000 spectators this was a large and prestigious competition with the highest qualified trampoline gymnastic judges in the UK who have many Olympics and World Championships between them.

Abbey High Fliers judge Andrew Ringsell was also given the honour of officiating with them.

In the 11-12 boys Samuel Archer qualified to the finals in third place. However a technical infringement in his first routine meant a creditable 13th place.

In the 11-12 girls Jessica Ringsell, with another year to go in this age group, qualified to the finals in 20th place and improved her position to 
finish 17th in the UK, only a few tenths off a top-14 semi-final place.

Alice Banks in the 15-16 girls also improved her qualifying position with a great 18th place.

Also in the 11-12 girls Chelsea Cooper-Ellis, who had qualified in fifth place after winning the Hull qualifying event, qualified to the semi-
finals in second place, qualified in fifth position and finished a magnificent seventh place in the UK.

Jessica Jacob in the 15-16 girls qualified to the semi-finals in sixth place, improved her final qualification in fifth and finished seventh place in the UK in the final.