Jarrod bounces towards the world stage in Melbourne
JARROD Spear is preparing to bounce his way onto the world stage.
The Rockhampton trampolinist will fight for selection in the Australian trampoline team to contest the World Championships, next week.
Spear and eight fellow Victoria Park Trampoline competitors will compete at the Australian Trampoline Championships at Hisense Stadium in Melbourne from May 27-June 1.
The international stream national championship senior said he was confident of a top-notch performance.
"I'm trialling for the World Championships which is in Daytona Beach in Florida in November, we have one chance here and then at another competition in August," Spear said.
"I'm feeling pretty good.
"I qualified last year to go to Worlds, so I'm just hoping to put up some harder passes I guess, and try to get there and see what I can do."
After incredibly successful Queensland Championships campaigns, Youth Women's competitor Britney Glazebrook, under-17 men's Jack Bostock, U13 years women Kirralee Costelloe, Eilysh Callaghan and Hannah Spidy-Brown, U11 years men Samuel Durkin and Cooper Lill and U11 years women Elloise Wogand will join Spear at the event.
Durkin took a clean sweep of the U11 events at the Queensland Titles to pick up four gold medals, while Spear, Glazebrook and Costelloe all won three gold medals.
Spear said it was great to see such a strong contingent of athletes representing Victoria Park.
"I think they've been training really hard trying to prepare for the nationals, so they'll do the best they can and hopefully get some good results," he said.
"We have a few young kids coming through. We haven't had many young ones in a while, so it's good to see them coming through."
Spear thanks coaches Kerry Smyth and Connor Vale for their support and passed on his condolences to fellow senior men's competitor Patrick Cooper who was unfortunately unable to attend the Australian Championships due to an ankle injury.
2014 Australian Gymnastics Championship
May 27 - June 1 at Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Rocky's high flyers: Jarrod Spear, Britney Glazebrook, Jack Bostock, Kirralee Costelloe, Eilysh Callaghan, Hannah Spidy-Brown, Samuel Durkin, Cooper Lill and Elloise Wogand.