Following in the footsteps of former national and world champ Sarah Charles, Kelowna’s Emma Tucker is making a name for herself in the world of trampoline.
The 13-year-old member of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre won a silver medal in the double mini competition at the 2011 World Age Group Trampoline Championships in Birmingham, England.
Tucker earned a score of 32.1 for each of her two passes in the finals of the girls 13-14 age group.
“My finals passes were a lot harder for me to do, so I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did,” said Tucker. “The difficulty wasn’t technically harder, but I found them technically harder to do. I hadn’t practiced them as much.”
Tucker qualified to the final in first place and was the last of the eight girls to perform in the medal round.
“I was nervous seeing everyone competing before, but I was ready for it,” she said.
Tucker was joined at the worlds by her coach from the OGC, Angelo Despotas.
“Emma went way above my expectations in travining and obviously in the competition,” said Despotas. “This was the most important competition of her life and she performed like a true champion.”
Three other local athletes competed at worlds.
Danielle Gruber was also a finalist in the Women’s 13-14 year old Double Mini Trampoline event and finished 5th.
Tucker and Gruber also qualified into finals for 13-14 year old Women’s Synchronized Trampoline, finishing 8th.
Trevor Stirling was the top Canadian in the 15-16 year old Men’s Trampoline, finishing 23rd out of 64 athletes.
Meanwhile, the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre is hosting the zone 2 women’s artistic gymnastics trials to 2012 B.C. Winter Games this Sunday.