University of Portsmouth’s Trampolining Club, the Portsmouth Jets, bounced to success by winning Silver and Bronze medals at one the biggest trampolining events of the year.
The BUCS Nationals took place in Sheffield on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February, with over 6,000 students taking part. Renowned for its action packed and fiercely competitive standards, Portsmouth brought it’s A game once again.
This year Portsmouth took a strong squad of 11 competitors to the nationals, competing from Levels 6 to 2. As always, day one of BUCS was always going to be a tough act for the club, however the team worked extremely hard and six of the competitors, Lauren Cleave, Kayleigh Gordon, Alec Laurie, Adam Leonard, Alex Harris and Callum Gregg all placed in the top 16 for the finals the following day.
Returning to the arena after an early start, the finals were well underway. The six gymnasts entered the final rounds with a clear score sheet, and with tensions running high, Portsmouth Jets still managed to pull it out the bag.
Alec Laurie, who competed Level 3 BUCS, finished the day collecting a Bronze medal, as well as Alex Harris picking up a Silver medal for Level 5 BUCS.
Kayleigh Gordon, Trampoline Captain of the society, said: “It was a fantastic weekend, and I’m so proud of everyone that competed, a great moment for us as a club. The Jets have become a real contender this year and a potential threat for Southampton at Varsity.”
Michael Whitelock, Head Trampolining Coach and Founder of Portsmouth Schools Trampolining, also added: “I have been really impressed with the commitment and drive from all the students. The results from BUCS did not come as a surprise, and proves all the hard work at training has paid off. This year the club has attracted so many students wanting to compete, and I’m impressed with the excellent talent we’ve gained especially, male competitors, shown in this year BUCS medallists.”
This year the society hopes to continue their growth, and no doubt more events and good news is to be had in the future.