Rocky trampolinists making their mark in Bulgaria
TRAMPOLINING: Rockhampton trampolinists Jarrod Spear and Blake Rutherford are making their mark at the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Jarrod has won a bronze medal in the double mini trampoline, while Blake and his synchronised trampoline partner, Jack Penny from Tasmania, have made the finals of the men's synchronised event and are currently sitting in seventh position.
Blake's mum - Rockhampton Regional Council's deputy mayor Cherie Rutherford - made the trip to Sofia with husband Michael and has been filing updates on the Rockhampton duo's performances.
Jarrod is competing at his fifth open world championships and was chosen as Australia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony.
It is Blake's first major international competition at senior level. Born and raised in Rockhampton, he made the move to Newcastle in January 2016 to chase his Olympic dream.
Cherie reported on Friday that Blake had also made the semi-finals of the men's trampoline event.
"The top 24 competitors in the world now advance to the next round of competition with Blake currently sitting in 23rd position,” she wrote.
"It was a tense wait right up until the second last of the 97 male competitors and, after eight hours of competition, Australia could celebrate having a representative in both the male and female gymnasts in the top 24.
"Evie Kierath from Western Australia has qualified for the women's semi-final.
"It was an outstanding effort from Blake at his first senior event, top-scoring for Australia and securing a place in the prestigious semi-final.”
Cherie was to deliver more good news on Saturday, reporting Jarrod's medal win and Blake and partner Jack's success in the synchronised event.
"Jarrod, along with teammates Ryan Hatfield (Victoria), Jack Petrie (Western Australia) and Dominic Clarke (New South Wales), held off a strong challenge from Argentina to come in third behind USA in second and Russia as clear winners.
"Jed would like to say a special thank-you to his coach Kerry Smyth for all her support to get him to this point in his career.
"The Australian women's double mini trampoline team also has an opportunity as they head into the finals tomorrow.”