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Sofia strikes gold in Olympic venue

Talented trampolinist Sofija Kalnicenko was bouncing with joy after claiming gold in the national league finals.


The youngster was ranked number one in the 11/12-year-olds category going into the competition at London’s Olympic Park.


On the big stage she beat performances from 76 others to take top spot, much to the delight of everyone at the Dragonflyers club where she trains.


Linda O’Leary, coach of the Bognor-based club, said: “Kalnicenko performed her high difficulty routines of double and twisting somersaults with courage, determination, power and accuracy to hold onto her top place ranking and secure first place under pressure.”


The victory rounded off a successful season for the talented youngster, which includes two international finals and also making the last eight of the national development finals both as an individual and as part of the southern region team.


Kalnichenko’s Olympic performance was backed up by team mates Libby Morton , Anya Johnston and Izzy Hauxwell.


The girls all increased their difficulty tariff from qualifying by adding double somersaults.


Morton (9/10yrs),  who was ranked 13th, moved up four places to take 9th place.


Johnston (15/16yrs) finished tenth while Hauxwell placed a credible 19th.


Linda said: “It was a fantastic end to the club’s season.”


The Dragon Flyers Trampoline Club has been running for just over ten years and has more than 50 members in the Portsmouth and Chichester/Bognor area.


Training takes place Monday to Thursday at The Regis School in Westloats Lane.


Most of the members are aged between five and 19 although there is a growing number of adults taking up the sport.


As a not-for-profit group much of the club relies on the support of volunteers. If you are interested in trampolining, call Linda on 01243 825015 or visit

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