Dragonflyers’ first European contest is sweet in Sweden

The Dragonflyers on duty in Sweden
The Dragonflyers on duty in Sweden

FIVE performers from Bognor-based Dragonflyers Trampoline Club flew to Sweden to compete in their first European international event, held in Herrljunga.

The Frivolten Invitational Cup featured 278 top-class performers from nations including Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary Denmark, Finland, America, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, GB and Ireland.

In the under-12 girls’ class, 55 competitors participated and the standard was exceptional. Izzy Hauxwell, 11, and Libby Morton, ten, were the first Dragonflyers to compete and they pulled out two amazingly-accurate ten-bounce routines each.

Their skill and confidence earned them 18th and 26th positions and first and second places out of the many GB performers. The Russians dominated this category.

The age 13/14 girls were next up and this was one of the largest groups of the day with 63 talented participants.

Anya Johnston put on two sensational performances gaining her an awesome 15th position and second out of the GB trampolinists with a score of 75.26. Ellie Morton finished 35th with a sound performance.

Last of the Flyers to compete, with high expectations from the club, was 16-year-old James Smith. A total of 29 world-class participants applied the pressure but Smith responded with two immense routines gaining him ninth place, just 0.1 off eighth place and 0.4 off seventh – an incredible achievement. He was second out of the GB participants.

With a Denmark international event to come in August and, because of the club’s success in Sweden, a personal invite to the prestigious Dave Ward Hunt international in October, Dragonflyers are making their mark on the international scene.