Athletes from Langley's trampoline and tumbling club took flight against national and international competition last weekend.
Flip City Gymnastics had five athletes competing at the 2012 Trampoline Gymnastics Canada Cup, which ran July 13-15 at the Langley Events Centre.
All of the B.C. clubs, Flip City included, hosted the event.
Flip City's Connar Tomalty, who was competing in his first competition as a senior man in double mini trampoline (DMT), placed seventh in a very strong field of gymnasts.
Canada is world champion on DMT. Flip City head coach Rusty Pierce said the event was a successful competition, with more than 150 entries, and included athletes from Germany, France, Great Britain, and Japan.
Other Flip City results included Sarah Kerr, also in her first ever national level meet, taking 12th spot on trampoline.
Brock Tomalty, Connar's younger brother, placed fifth on DMT in the novice category, while Jacob Maxim was seventh in the same level as Brock.
Brock Tomalty was also 11th on trampoline at the novice level.
In addition to athletes from across Canada, B.C. was well represented with athletes from Flip City (Langley), Club Aviva (Coquitlam), Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Centre (Kamloops), Okanagan Gymnastics Center (Kelowna), Revelstoke Acrobatics (Revelstoke), Shasta Trampoline Team (New Westminster), and TAG Sports Centre (Port Coquitlam) all competing.
"For first time, national-level kids, they put in a reasonable performance," Pierce remarked, about the participants from his club. "Connar [Tomalty] was up against the best guys in the world and held his own."
Pierce added, "The Canada Cup has a reputation of being a good international meet to come to."
Sebastien St. Germain of Montreal and Mariah Madigan of Toronto took advantage of the absence of Canada's Olympic team members to win the men's and women's trampoline titles on Sunday, the final day of competition.
With Canadian Olympians Karen Cockburn, Rosie MacLennan, and Jason Burnett in Toronto, putting the finishing touches on their preparation for the London Games, the door was wide open for Canada's rising stars in trampoline to make a splash.
In total B.C. athletes won 28 medals during the weekend including 11 gold.
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