Jarrod bounces to bright future
? ROCKHAMPTON'S Jarrod Spear has the world at his feet ? in more ways than one.
Spear, 16, was this week named in Gymnastics Australia's trampoline team to contest the Pan Alliance Gymnastics Championships in Hawaii in April.
The Victoria Park athlete is one of six competitors ? two senior men, two junior men and two junior women ? selected to represent Australia based on their standout performances for their country in 2005.
Joining Spear in the national squad, to be coached by Australian head coach Nikolay Zhuravlev, is 2000 Olympic silver medallist Ji Wallace.
Spear, who has recently returned home from a week-long computer/science scholarship course at Sydney University, is juggling his national trampoline duties with his Year 12 studies at Emmaus College.
Spear will contest the junior (13-17 years) individual trampoline, along with the synchronised trampoline with NSW partner Jason Johnson, at the international event, which will be held, luckily for Spear, during the Easter school holidays.
"I just try to juggle it the best I can,'' said Spear, who has his sights on a career in either sports physiotherapy or IT.
Spear has represented Australia at the past three World Age Group Games in Denmark (2001), Germany (2003) and Holland (2005).
Spear's Victoria Park and national acclaimed coach Kerry Smyth said the opportunity to compete against nations, such as Russia, Canada, Japan, China and the United States, would be a big learning experience for her rising trampoline star.