Trampolinists face their ups and downs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am


Young athletes sprung into action over the weekend at the Hong Kong Trampoline Age Group Competition 2011 at the Harbour Road Sports Centre in Wan Chai, where Young Post watched the synchronised finals.

When competing, a trampolinist performs a set of routines while bouncing from the elastic net. The synchro competition, as the name suggests, involves two gymnasts on separate tramps performing the same routines in a synchronised way. The participants have to perform two types of routines: a compulsory set chosen by the judges, and one of their own choice.

Heidi Lit Hoi-ning and Stella Tam Pui-ying, who train together but attend different schools, took the gold medal in the above-18 girls' synchro competition. Heidi, a Form Five student from LST Wong Chung Ming Secondary School, said the compulsory set was tricky.

'We only had a short time to rehearse,' she said. 'We only got a perfect score in the first five sets out of 10, but it was enough to win.'

Stella said it is impossible to look at Heidi when performing the routine. The Form Six student from Tin Ka Ping Secondary School said: 'The only way we could tell we were bouncing in time was to listen to the sound when we hit the net.'

Heidi and Stella faced off in the above-18 girls' individual event on the second day. Heidi bounced back from behind to win the gold medal, while Stella came second.

In the 15-17 age group girls' synchro competition, Gladys Yu Sin-yan and Marine Hui Hoi-ki from Canossa College beat the other 18 pairs to the championship.

Marine said the secret of winning the competition was not to look at the score at any time.

Gladys thought their choice of an easier set of routines allowed them to give a more steady performance.

The boys' competition attracted far fewer competitors, with the 15-17 age category competition being cancelled for lack of participants. In the above-18 boys' synchro competition, Sonic Chow Lok-him and Legolas Ng Tsz-ho from Clementi Secondary School edged out the other two pairs.

Legolas is only 16 but he competed in the older age group because of Sonic. 'He's my long-term partner and we have competed together for more than four years,' Legolas said. 'It was not our best performance, but it was acceptable.'

Sonic, 19, has already graduated from high school but still practises every week. 'Today's competition was not as easy as it seemed to be. Other teams were also strong and we needed to do well to win,' he said.