Trampolinist Sofija Kalnicenko showed she can compete with the best in the UK as she took away a silver medal at a national competition.
The member of the Bognor-based Dragonflyers club performed three sensational routines with extreme height, precision, elegance and power to take second place at the Trampoline and
Tumbling Spring Series 1 event at the International Centre in Telford.
The Chichester Free School pupil showed she was able to compete against performers from the UK’s top clubs in the 13/14 yrs category.
The Dragonflyers trampolinist finished second in both compulsory routines and first in the voluntary with her high difficulty of 8.2 – scoring in excess of 90 marks for two routines and a fraction short of 131 over three.
It meant she finished just 0.6 marks behind the eventual winner, Emma Wilson, from the Chorley-based Springfield Park Bouncers.
Kalnicenko has had an incredible start to the season having taken bronze at league one the previous week.
The week before that, she took ninth place at English qualifiers. During that time she has increased her score over the same routines by five whole marks, which coaches say is a ‘massive gain in just two weeks’.
Coach Linda O’Leary described the improvement as ‘sensational’.
Dragonflyers, who train most evenings at Bognor’s The Regis School, compete at national competitions, league fixtures, plus English qualifiers and have proven themselves a challenge to any UK club.
This is despite having a small number of members, training a fraction of the hours with limited facilities.
O’Leary said: “The club are fortunate to have the support of The Regis School and financial help from Cars of Littlehampton, helping flyers go from strength to strength.”