Young champs jump for joy

KELLYVILLE athletes bagged synchronised trampoline silver and bronze at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Dominic Clarke, the national under-17 synchronised trampoline national champion, won silver with Aidan Collins in the festival at Sydney Olympic Park.

"It was an unexpected result," Dominic, 16, said. "All the other athletes were so spectacular."

Kira Ward, Dominic's teammate at Castle Hill RSL Gymnastics Club, combined with Jayden Cooney to secure a bronze.

"I was very, very pleased," she said.

The duo pitted their skills against athletes from China, Britain and New Zealand at the festival which has been a stepping stone for many great athletes, including Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham who competed in the first festival in 2001.

Like Dominic, Kira is a national champion.

"She is the 2011 and 2012 Australian national female champion for under-15s in double mini trampoline, individual trampoline and synchronised trampoline," Kira's mum Kim Ward said.

Kira's win was especially sweet for her mum because Kira is only 13.

"She was the baby of the team," Ms Ward said.

Kira's other credits include being named the 2011 Gymnastics Australian National Trampoline Athlete of the Year and securing a bronze in the double mini trampoline at the 2011 under-13 world championships in England.

Dominic was the 2011 under-15 individual men's champion.

The duo will now join 1200 of our country's best gymnasts at the 2013 Australian Gymnastics Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on July 7-18.

The competition is a qualifier for the 2013 World Age Group Competition in Sofia in November.

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