Kelowna duo among Canada’s best double mini-trampoline competitors

Danielle Gruber,16, and Emma Tucker,16, shine at Canada Cup for trampoline and tumbling in Kamloops.

Emma Tucker

A pair of Kelowna athletes are proving to be among Canada’s best double-mini trampoline competitors.

DEKA Trampoline’s Danielle Gruber and Emma Tucker were both on their games at Canada Cup for trampoline and tumbling in Kamloops.

The four-day competition was a qualifying event for Pan Am Championship this summer in Toronto, and a  ranking event for national athletes and first qualifier for World Championships and World Age Groups in Denmark.

Gruber competed for the first time on the national stage as a senior. The 16-year-old was recently granted mobility into the category usually reserved for 18-year-olds and up and is the highest competition level. She dominated the field by delivering four double-double passes in prelims and finals and finished No. 1 in the country, a full three points ahead of her nearest competitor.

Tucker, 16, competed in double mini as a junior, dominated her event and mobilized to the senior women’s level.

Cami Hill won bronze in Level 6 Espoir trampoline and mobilized into the junior category. She also won silver in synchro with Kamloops trampolinist Emily Schmidt in the national novice category.

Jordan Yendley, 12, finished first in Level 5 Double Mini, and also mobilized to Espoir. Yendley competed in Level 6 Espoir trampoline and finished fourth. Emily Welsh was 11th.

In junior women’s trampoline, Mariola Garcia finished in 5th, with Danielle Gruber was 6th and Emma Tucker, 7th.

Tyler Vermeulen was eighth in senior men’s trampoline.

Provincial trials

DEKA Trampoline sent 16 athletes to the third provincial trials and returned home with 12 medals.

Taya Lawless added to her growing collection with gold in L1-13+ Double mini and silver in L2-14+ Trampoline. Olivia Cortens won two bronze in the same categories.

Ally Wyllie finished 5th in Double Mini and 6th in Trampoline.

Madison Eagle won gold in L2-13U Trampoline. She had a 5th place finish competing Tumbling for the first time and finished 10th in Double Mini.

Sheyanne Lawrence won bronze in L1-13+ Trampoline, while Ella Law won bronze in L1-12U Trampoline. Isabelle Glen had  fourth place finishes in L1-12U Trampoline and Tumbling.

Paige Paynter won bronze in L2-14+ Double Mini and 6th in L3-14U Trampoline. Jessi Cleverley had a 7th place finish in Double Mini and 8th in Trampoline.

In 10-and-under Taya Romain finished 10th in double mini and was sixth in trampoline.

In boys divisions, Dayson Romain won gold in L2 Trampoline and silver in L1 Double Mini.

Isaac Sowinski won bronze in L1 Trampoline and was 8th in Double Mini. Jonathan Welsh finished in 4th in L1 Trampoline and newcomer Jacob Kochylema had a 5th place finish.

Brett Judson competed L2 Double mini and won a bronze medal.

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