13 year old Rhys Northover recently completed a hat-trick of victories at the recent Bath Gala by winning Gold in individual trampoline, synchro trampoline - with partner Josh Newman - and in double-mini trampoline. The City of Liverpool gymnast is now part of the GBR junior high performance squad, regularly training alongside the senior trampoline stars at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
With the 2013 British trampoline, tumbling and DMT championships just weeks away (6/7th July, LG Arena, Birmingham), we caught up with Rhys about his achievements to date and hopes for future.
Rhys: “I first got involved in trampoline after I took part in a gymnastics session at school where one of the coaches saw some talent in me and put me in touch with City of Liverpool. I now train five days a week with a double session on Monday and Wednesday - I come out of school to train the afternoon on these days. Every session we condition for half an hour with an hour conditioning with either stammer or ballet on Saturdays. In terms of the mix between the two disciplines I tend to train about 10 hours a week on individual trampoline and 6 hours for DMT and on top of that train with my synchro partner Josh Newman whenever we can at squads and in holidays.”
Rhys has definitely taken to the sport and is recognised as one of its rising stars: “My proudest achievement would be winning the under-15 British title aged 11 in 2011 and now being part of the BG High Performance squad. It's brilliant being a part of the BG junior trampoline squad, training alongside the seniors and having the chance to learn from them. Working with the EIS and BG National staff is really good for me.”
Balancing the demands of competing individual, synchro and DMT is tough, but one that Rhys is doing well at and has ambitions in: “Looking ahead to the British Championships I would especially like to medal in individual, under-15 is a tough age group and there are 3 or 4 gymnasts who are right at the top so to podium in the first year in this age-group would be good. Further ahead I have different goals in the different disciplines. In trampoline the dream is to be a successful senior and one day represent GBR at the Olympic Games while in synchro the focus is on trying to do my best and win medals. As for DMT the main aim is at a junior level I think, winning medals and helping the team as much as possible.”