OCL’s trampoline academy jumps to success

THREE gymnasts, who train as part of the Dynamo Trampoline Academy in Oldham Community Leisure’s Oldham Sports Centre, have been selected to compete in the British Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.

Ruth Shevelan, Chris Lunt and Hannah Bucys

The championships, which take place in Birmingham in September, are the latest in a string of competitive events where Ruth Shevelan, Chris Lunt and Hannah Bucys have seen success.

Shevelan, 25, was selected for the Great Britain team and competed at the 26thEuropean Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the team competition she and the Great Britain team took the silver medal, behind Russia. In the individual competition she qualified for the final, where she finished eighth.

Two other Dynamo Trampoline Academy members, Chris Lunt, 25, and Hannah Bucys, 15, who are currently members of the England squad, were both selected for their first international Double Mini Trampoline event – the Frivolten Cup.

The event, which took place in Sweden earlier this month, saw Hannah win the Junior Girls competition. In the Senior Mens’, Chris finished in fourth place.

All three gymnasts have also qualified for the upcoming English Championships, taking place in October.

Dynamo Trampoline Academy began training at OCL’s Oldham Sports Centre six years ago, in 2012, when it was known as Stockport Trampoline Club. The height of the sports hall allows the use of a more powerful trampoline bed, meaning club members can train on equipment used in national level competitions.

“The extra height we’ve gained by moving the Academy to Oldham Sports Centre gives our gymnasts extra flight time in the air,” says OCL’s trampoline co-ordinator Sarah Scott.

“This allows them to learn and perfect more difficult skills, which they can then transfer to Double Mini Trampoline, a discipline of the trampoline sports family in which our club has had great success in in the past.

Ruth Shevelan, Chris Lunt and Hannah Bucys

“I am delighted with Ruth, Chris and Hannah’s results so far this season, representing your country is a huge achievement. All three gymnasts have worked so hard to get this far, and that hard work is now paying off.”

Shevelan lives in Stockport and combines training at Oldham Sports Centre with her work as an engineer. During 2017 she qualified for the British Championships for the first time, finishing in eighth place.

She also placed fourth in the English Championships, meaning she was selected for the England squad. At the 2017 league finals, she won gold medals at both double mini trampoline and synchronised trampoline.

Lunt began training when he was 17. He now lives in Stockport, works in computer programming and is a casual trampoline coach at OCL.

During 2017 he finished fifth at the British championships and won the English championships, gaining selection for the England squad. At the league finals he won his age group and also the overall Super League title.

Bucys is from Chadderton and attends North Chadderton High School, where she is currently studying for her GCSEs. In 2017 she finished second in the 15/16 age group at the British championships and also second at the English championships, securing her a place on the England squad.

Even though Bucys is only 15, last year she was the youngest competitor in the Super League, in which she qualified for the national final.

All three of these gymnasts are coached by OCL’s trampoline co-ordinator Sarah Scott and OCL trampoline coach Michelle Scott.

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