The University of Sheffield’s trampolining team bounced, tucked, span and flipped their way further towards Varsity victory following an impressive 25-11 win against Hallam on Sunday March 26. The win has given Uni of Sheffield one more point- bringing the overall varsity score to 23-10.
Alice Oldfield, Head Captain for the University of Sheffield, addressed the team after their victory was announced, saying “Well done to everyone- you all contributed, not just those who got first, second and third.” And there were plenty of first place spots for Uni of, who dominated the leaderboard.
Lucy Smith, University of Sheffield’s only entrant for the most-experienced ‘Uber’ category, beat off her three Hallam opponents and came first in the category. Freya Howie came in second after her rotations awarded her the first- and the only- score of 9 from one of the five judges. Emma Allen, also of Hallam, came in third. The only Uber entrant to not win recognition was Daniel Harper, despite sporting dazzling white trousers.
After a less than dramatic start to the event with eager yet slightly nervous Novice’s, Olympian Bryony Page ditched the lycra and slipped instead into the Rory costume. She kept Uni’s morale up by climbing onto a trampoline and proving she’s still got skills when weighed down with black and gold fur.
The event kicked off with the novice category Katie Regent from Uni of with the average of 70. Tom Cookson from Hallam was their first best performer and Lucy Ashton of Uni of was an early highlight, scoring in the 7’s and earning third place in the novice category. Hallam’s Rebecca Lucy Baldwin came in second, just losing out to first place Raia Blackman from Uni of.
Intermediate jumpers came next, with Uni of dominating the board as Ronan Walshe came in first, Dina Simons came in second and Ruth Tough came in third. Some couldn’t contain their excitement at a successful routine, as Uni of Beth Taylor exclaimed an “Oh my god” after landing her summersault and was rewarded with scores in the high 7’s.
Eliza Anrews gave Hallam their only category win for the Inter Advanced, followed by Charlotte Sweet and Sara Howells of Uni ofF. Forge TV’s Paige Collier won third in Advanced, just losing out to fellow Uni of competitors Fred Mears in second and Sarah Bates in first. Meg Baker from Uni of was star of the show in the elite category, followed by Hallam candidates Coral Pillar and Georgia Wystawnoha.
Four trampolines were set up in Goodwin’s sports hall and competitors could choose which one they wanted to have a bounce on, which meant the judges had to do a lot of moving around for the best viewing spot. Competitors came up to the trampolines in turns to show off their short few move routines before the judges held up their scores out of ten. Point five of a score was knocked off for slipping.