2015 Trampoline World Championships Round-Up
The 2015 Trampoline World Championships were filled with highs and lows for Scotland’s Pamela Clark.
The qualification round of the Championships, which took place in Denmark from the 26th-29th November, was the perfect start for Clark. Remaining cool under pressure, the City of Liverpool trampolinist qualified for the semi-final in 6th place out of 79 competitors, scoring a total of 101.135. Performing her voluntary routine with the highest difficulty tariff in the entire field, Pamela was proving her intension for the Championships early on.
Equally strong performances from GB team-mates Amanda Parker, Kat Driscoll and Bryony Page also resulted in qualification for the team final in 2nd place. Unfortunately the final didn’t go so smoothly for Pamela who scored just 6.230 after landing on the side of the trampoline bed after her second skill. GB went on to finish in 5th place with China once again crowned world champions.
The individual semi-final, in which three GB women qualified for, marked the first opportunity to secure spots for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The top eight individual gymnasts who qualified for the final would win an automatic place for their country. With the previous day’s routine behind her, Pamela went through her routine cleanly if not for a degree of travelling. Scoring 52.420 she finished in 19th place, a fantastic achievement at world level.
Driscoll and Page made history as both qualified for the final and in doing so secured two individual slots for GB in Rio. There will also be second chance for Olympic qualification at the Rio test event next year.
World Age Group Championships
Hot on the heels of the senior championships were the World Age Group Championships which commensed on the 3rd December. Scottish representation came Ciara Donlevy and Caitlin O'Brien (City of Edinburgh TC) who were selected to represent Great Britain in the 17-18 girls double mini trampoline event. Ciara and Caitlin were also joined on the team by their coach Lauren Jeffrey.
Caitlin O'Brien – 9th
Ciara Donlevy – 13th