Flip City pair take flight at world championships

Douglas Armstrong and Joey Humberstone represented Canada in Denmark recently.

  • Dec. 16, 2015 12:00 p.m.

These are busy days for Flip City Gymnastics Centre athletes.

The Walnut Grove club had a pair of gymnasts competing at the world level in Denmark recently.

Trampoline and tumbling athlete Douglas Armstrong competed on the double mini trampoline at the 49th World Championships in Odense, Denmark.

Armstrong competed as a senior in the four-man team competition and qualified with his personal best in the men’s double mini trampoline event final.

“It went really well,” Armstrong said. “These are my second world championships and I’ve also been to four world age group championships, so I’m pretty used to the pressure that comes with it.”

The Canadian men received silver as a team just behind Russia and Armstrong came in seventh in the individual event finals.

Armstrong said the world championships were “a really fun competition.”

“I felt like this was the most prepared I’ve ever felt going into a big competition like that,” he said. “I was training to make finals, not just trying to make finals. Making the final, in the best final there’s ever been at a world championship was the best feeling, but moving up a place was icing on the cake.”

Armstrong now has his sights set on the 2017 world championships. He is striving to be ranked No. 1 in Canada in double-mini trampoline in two years time, and hopefully medal at the worlds.

Meanwhile Flip City’s Joey Humberstone was tested at the World Age Group Championships in Odense, as a junior.

Profiled in the Oct. 15 Langley Advance [Gold medallist bouncing to new heights] Humberstone finally reached his goal of winning a Canadian gold medal by achieving the top score for junior level double-mini trampoline at an event in Calgary, and becoming the national champion. In Odense, Humberstone placed 25th in the 17-18 age group on double mini trampoline.

Closer to home, the Langley Events Centre (LEC) hosted the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Zone 3 BC Games Trials on Dec. 6. The top eight were:

1st Michael Frew – Twisters, 2nd Ryder Croome – LGF, 3rd Jeremy Filiatrault – Twisters, 4th Luke Van Harmelen – SGS, 5th Maddy Woznica – LGF, 6th Trevor Ma – LGF, 7th Logan Isfeld – Twisters, and 8th Noah Ichihara – Flip City.

Luke Van Harmelen is a Langley gymnast who competes with Surrey Gymnastics.

NOTEBOOK: Flip City will host the 2016 B.C. championships for artistic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling from April 15 to 17 at the LEC’s Fieldhouse.


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