Staff and pupils at Landau Forte College Derby are celebrating after one of its pupils won first prize in her category at the Schools National Trampolining Competition.
Yr 8 student Izzy came top in the Disability Category 2 Novice competition which is open to performers with a physical disability.
Despite having already won the Regional (Midlands) competition in December and the Zonal (South and Wales) competition in January on her way to the National Final, the competition was fierce and Izzy saw off strong opponents in order to secure first place.
Three members of staff and friends of Izzy attended to cheer her and Jake on in the competition.
To win the competition, Izzy, who is a quadruple amputee, had to complete two routines – compulsory and voluntary – and vow the judges with her ability and gymnastic skills.
Commenting on Izzy’s success, Miss Nicole Haigh, her PE teacher at the College said:
“This is an amazing success for Izzy who does trampolining every week at the College. She was very nervous but managed to hold it together to do the two best routines I have ever seen her do. Her compulsory routine was fantastic but her voluntary routine was just the very best. She put a full twist on at the end which is extremely difficult for her but she managed to complete the full 360 degree turn.”
“We’re all incredibly proud of Izzy and I admit I cried when it was clear she had won. She is an amazing athlete whose determination and talent have been rightly recognised by this success”.
“Trampolining is very popular at the College and for a Yr 7 student like Jake to also make the national finals is an excellent achievement. His performance this year sets him up very nicely for future success at the Schools National Championship in the years to come”.
Speaking after winning the competition, Izzy said:
“It was an amazing day. I had so much fun performing in front of everyone.”