Qualifying three athletes to Provincial Championships, another quartet that were introduced to this level for the very first time, and a national competitor who continues to expand his already impressive skill-set were just some of the highlights as the Sudbury Laurels Trampoline & Tumbling team competed at their first qualifier of the year, before Christmas.
Tumblers Jessica Abbott (Level 1 - 79.855 - 4th place) and Hector Loiselle (Level 4 - 104.400 - 4th) and trampolinist Kylie Baxter (Level 1 - 80.955 - 5th) have all secured the necessary scores to allow them to compete at the Ontario Championships, later this spring.
Newcomers hoping to attain that goal, somewhere down the road, included trampoline rookies Kierra Pheasant (Level 1 - 39.780 - 13th), Ben Managhan (Level 1 - 75.880 - 9th), Oliver Thompson (Level 1 - 58.140 - 8th) and new tumblers Flogina Estriplet (Level 1 - 49.800 - 15th), Alexie Gervais (Level 1 - 51.000 - 8th) and Josee Laurin (Level 2 - 53.300 - 5th).
Now in his second season competing on the national circuit, Connor MacDonald added both a double back-tuck and a double-back pike to his passes, earning himself a score of 117.500 and placing second in the competition.
A veteran to the provincial tumbling scene, Avani Innis recorded the best first qualifier of her career, posting a score of 52.50, placing 10th, and truly rewarded for the hard work that she has demonstrated through the opening few months of the season.
Finally, another familiar local tumbling face has adjusted nicely to tackling a higher level this year, as Victoria Baxter (Level 2 - 49.5000 - 10th) competed her whip, in qualifiers, for the very first time.
The local trampoline and tumbling crew return to action with their second qualifier of the year in February.