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Recoil Trampoline Club Tuk Tuk Challenge arrives at Lilleshall edit

A trampoline club from Essex is driving a tuk tuk from the bottom of the UK to the top to raise money to build a new facility to help disabled participants access trampolining.

Recoil Trampoline Club, based in Brentwood, are driving 963 miles over two weeks, travelling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The idea came from two of the club’s trustees, Anita Keen, from Brentwood, and Tricia Sharpe, from Shrewsbury, who began their journey on the 14th April and will conclude on the 28th.

“We had gale force winds at the start of our journey which made the driving conditions tricky!” Said Tricia. “We had to tootle along at 15mph at the start but the last couple of days have been a lot better and we’ve managed to get up to 40mph.”

“Everybody has been wonderfully supportive on our journey and we’d like to say thank you to everyone that has put money into our pot.”

Anita and Tricia are looking to raise £5000 to pay for an automatic door entry system that would give wheelchair users better access to the centre. The pair also want to use this trip to raise awareness disability trampolining and the benefits the activity can bring to participants.

The club have just arrived at Lilleshall Hall National Sports Centre, Shropshire, the home of British Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics.

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics CEO welcomed the pair and said: “This is a great initiative from Anita and Tricia who are going above and beyond to help make their club more inclusive for its participants.

“We wish the pair the best of luck as they embark on the rest of their journey up to John O’Groats and we hope that everyone gets behind this fundraising initiative.”

The tuk tuk will make its next stop in Loppington tomorrow before moving up from England into Scotland on Easter Monday.

For more information on the challenge, visit the Recoil Trampoline Club fundraising page.

holiday closure

 

British Gymnastics is closed for the Easter break from 4.30pm on Thursday 18th April until 9am on Wednesday 24th April.

Laura Gallagher
Our trampoline gymnasts continue their qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games this weekend, as they travel to Belarus for the latest World Cup event.

Kat Driscoll, Laura Gallagher, Bryony Page, Luke Strong, Nathan Bailey and Corey Walkes will all compete.

This weekend's World Cup is the second in a six-stage series, with gymnasts aiming to score points at each event. The points scored at each event will be combined, with the total points, and their placing in the overall standings, deciding if they have qualified a place for Britain.

Kat, Laura, Bryony and Luke all competed at the opening event with the following points scored:

Kat Driscoll, 19th place finish – 12 points
Laura Gallagher
, 20th place finish – 11 points
Bryony Page
, 11th place finish 20 points
Luke Strong
, 20th place finish 11 points

Recoil Trampoline Club Tuk Tuk Challenge arrives at Lilleshall edit

A trampoline club from Essex is driving a tuk tuk from the bottom of the UK to the top to raise money to build a new facility to help disabled participants access trampolining.

Recoil Trampoline Club, based in Brentwood, are driving 963 miles over two weeks, travelling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The idea came from two of the club’s trustees, Anita Keen, from Brentwood, and Tricia Sharpe, from Shrewsbury, who began their journey on the 14th April and will conclude on the 28th.

“We had gale force winds at the start of our journey which made the driving conditions tricky!” Said Tricia. “We had to tootle along at 15mph at the start but the last couple of days have been a lot better and we’ve managed to get up to 40mph.”

“Everybody has been wonderfully supportive on our journey and we’d like to say thank you to everyone that has put money into our pot.”

Anita and Tricia are looking to raise £5000 to pay for an automatic door entry system that would give wheelchair users better access to the centre. The pair also want to use this trip to raise awareness disability trampolining and the benefits the activity can bring to participants.

The club have just arrived at Lilleshall Hall National Sports Centre, Shropshire, the home of British Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics.

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics CEO welcomed the pair and said: “This is a great initiative from Anita and Tricia who are going above and beyond to help make their club more inclusive for its participants.

“We wish the pair the best of luck as they embark on the rest of their journey up to John O’Groats and we hope that everyone gets behind this fundraising initiative.”

The tuk tuk will make its next stop in Loppington tomorrow before moving up from England into Scotland on Easter Monday.

For more information on the challenge, visit the Recoil Trampoline Club fundraising page.

Our official leotard supplier, Quatro, have been supporting our elite gymnasts at major events since 2016. Showcasing the latest technology and eye-catching designs, Quatro’s leotards show off the British colours at every event.

We went behind the scenes at the latest photoshoot which took place before the gymnasts flew to Poland for the 2019 Artistic European Championships (see above), and also caught up with Saffron and Rebecca, designers at Quatro, about what goes in to making a GBR leotard.

What’s the process behind designing each GBR leotard? 
"Working closely with British Gymnastics we require a written brief created by the gymnasts and coaches with regards to what they would like to see. From that, we then begin to work on 2D visual representations. Once finalised and favourited by the British team, we then start sampling the designs so that the gymnasts can try on and get a feel of the leotards. Using the feedback from the gymnasts, we then make the required changes to the garments before reaching the final leotards."

What are the challenges you face when creating a leotard?
"The challenges we may face during the designing stage mostly involves trying to meet the brief, linking what is realistic in terms of construction, especially print work. We have to consider seams and digital pattern matching. Surprisingly, rhinestone (sequins and diamonds) can also be a challenge. The placement and size of rhinestones are challenging because we want the gymnasts to be as comfortable as possible when performing, but we also want them to stand out to the world!"

What considerations do you have to make?
"We have many things to consider when designing for such a specialist sport. We have to think about fabrics, if and where certain fabrics will need lining. We need to be mindful of designs and where it will sit on the body of both male and female gymnasts. We always use the best fabrics where ever possible so that the gymnasts have the most flexibility and comfort."

What’s the best part about designing the British leotard?
"The best part about designing the leotards is hearing the great feedback from the gymnasts themselves. We love to try and let their personalities come through in the design of the leotards. Seeing the team compete in Quatro and having created the designs is a great feeling. We are very proud to have the Great Britain team in our leotard and are always excited to create new designs with them."

You can now buy your very own replica leotard, worn by the British women’s team at the European Championships in Poland.
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