Blake Rutherford, age 16, and Brentyn Reynolds, age 11, are representing Australia in trampoline. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Blake Rutherford, age 16, and Brentyn Reynolds, age 11, are representing Australia in trampoline. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK061113stramp5

Rocky duo face best at trampoline world championships

IT'S no wonder Brentyn Reynolds has a bounce in his step.

The sprightly 11-year-old is off to Sofia, Bulgaria tomorrow for his first World Age Group Trampoline Championships.

Along with fellow Rockhampton PCYC competitor Blake Rutherford, Reynolds will represent Australia at the championships from November 14-17 in his first appearance on the world scene.

The Hall State School student is competing in the individual trampoline event at the championships and was as excited about competing on the world stage as of the 50-hour flight.

"Blake said there will be video games to play and lots of movies to watch so that'll be cool," said Reynolds, who attends The Hall State School.

"It's going to be fun. I'm getting a big nervous, but I'm excited too."

Brentyn Reynolds, age 11, is representing Australia in trampoline. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Brentyn Reynolds, age 11, is representing Australia in trampoline. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK061113stramp2

 

Following in the footsteps of his mum Linda and older sister Kayla, Reynolds has been competing in the sport for six years and qualified to represent Australia in the boys 11-12 age group in Brisbane at the Australian team trials earlier in the year.

Coached by former world champion Cherie Rutherford and ex-Australian representative Matthew Delforce at the PCYC, Reynolds has all the ingredients of a successful gymnast.

"He is definitely a talent, but he works hard to back it up. I can't fault his work ethic," Delforce said of Reynolds who competes on the opening day.

"He's good fun. He loves what he does. He wants to go over there and enjoy it and a good performance will come with that."

Rutherford said there had not been a lot of talk about competing at the world championships, but had reminded Reynolds that while his surroundings would change, the equipment would be the same.

"It will be different, (but) it'll be the exactly the same tramps so he's going to be used to the tramps he'll be competing on over there, but it'll just be that different atmosphere. It'll just be about getting used to that new atmosphere."



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