Rocky trampolinist set to bounce against world's best

ROCKHAMPTON'S Britney Glazebrook is reaching great heights in the sport of trampolining.

The 14-year-old has been selected in the Australian team for the FIG 2015 Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competition in Denmark in December.

Glazebrook (pictured) will compete in the 13-14 years individual trampoline and double mini trampoline and the 17-18 years synchronised trampoline.

While it is not the first time she has represented Australia, she competed at the Indo Pacific Championships in Sydney in 2012, it will be her first overseas competition - and she can't wait.

"I'm just so excited. I was stoked when I found out I was in the team," Glazebrook said.

"I'm hoping to make the finals of each of the three events."

The talented teenager has ramped up her training in preparation, putting in up to four hours each weekday afternoon to fine-tune her routines.

Glazebrook has been trampolining since she was four and comes from a background of competitive trampolining. Her mother and brother both represented Australia and enjoyed international success.

She is keen to emulate their feats and has her sights set on representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

Victoria Park Gymnastic and Trampoline Club coach Kerry Smyth said Glazebrook had the ability and mindset to achieve that goal.

"It is a performance-

oriented sport and Britney is a performer, she is very switched on," Smyth said of her young charge.

"She has that competitive edge and has done since she was young.

"Her background is competitive trampolining and I think that has a lot to do with her level-headedness."

Glazebrook has been focusing on repetitive technique work in the countdown to the international competition.

She has also been working on the synchronised routine which she will get to practice with her West Australian partner when they meet in Denmark just days before the event starts.

She admitted to getting some butterflies before big competitions but said she tried not to overthink it, just focusing on the job at hand.

Describing what she most enjoyed about the sport, Glazebrook said: "I just get this feeling when I'm jumping and I just love it. It keeps drawing me back every day.

"I always try my best at everything.

"I always set a goal at each training session and try to achieve that."

Glazebrook leaves Rockhampton on November 29 and will have three days of training before launching into competition.



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