Trampoline champ aims higher still
“IT was awesome.”
Hugging his championship cup, Matthew Delforce couldn't wipe the smile off his face.
The 17-year-old was crowned Australian champion for the 17+ Men's Trampoline event at the nationals, held last week in Adelaide.
Although Delforce had only recently returned to the sport after a nine-month break, he breezed through the competition as if he had never left.
“I didn't expect to take this home because I had so much time off,” he said.
“But I had a decent lead going into the final round, with a 3.4 lead, and then I came out on top, winning by 7.2 points.”
However Delforce did admit that the competition was tough, with at least 20 competitors in his division.
And although this is not his first victory, it was certainly his best.
“I have been to the World Age Groups Championship in Germany back when I was 12, and we won a bronze over there in synchronisation,” he said.
“But this would be the best I have achieved yet.”
But Delforce doesn't want to stop there, he is eager to climb the ladder and one day compete in the Olympics.
Delforce's coach, Cherie Rutherford, said he competed very well and hadn't lost his skills during his time off.
“He did a brilliant job and he competed very well,” she said.
“In his time off he stayed very fit, so he was still prepared both mentally and physically, we just had to work on his timing and confidence.”
Rutherford said from here they will continue to work on his skill development to lift his degree of difficulty.
Delforce returned home with his five team-mates from the Rocky PCYC, who also claimed places in the nationals.
Blake Rutherford also proved his skills, crowned Champion in 13/14 years Men's Synchronised Trampoline and a bronze in Men's Trampoline.
Natalie Steen received a bronze medal in 15/16 years Women's Synchronised Trampoline.
Jessica Delforce and Hayley Pierce claimed a silver in 13/14 years Women's Synchronised Trampoline.
And Courtney Jones picked up a silver medal in the 9/10 years Synchronised Trampoline.
Rutherford also said there was a good standard of competitors at the championship, particularly from the locals.
“Overall Rockhampton did very well, our local athletes had a brilliant outcome.”
“All of their hard work paid off.”