Australia’s future trampolining stars will head to Bulgaria for next week’s Trampoline World Age Championships.
Three athletes from Castle Hill RSL – Imogen Florian, 17, Liam Christie, 15, and Georgia Rayment, 17 – will travel to the championships with international success on their minds.
Dural resident Imogen was looking forward to returning to worlds for the third time and hopes to bring back another medal after winning synchronised bronze in 2013.
“It’s really exciting to see what the other athletes around the world are putting up and comparing myself with them,” she said.
“I’m always looking to see where I can improve and bring it back to training so it’s exciting to be in that big scene.
“Hopefully I can put up my routines the best I can and come home with some personal bests. Hopefully I can make a final or two.”
Imogen will compete in the under-17s individual trampoline and synchronised trampoline with partner Jessica Pickering from Newcastle, who she won bronze with in 2013.
She said it was great to be part of the club that was so successful.
“I’m really lucky to be at this club and the culture is uplifting and positive and it’s always exciting to come to training,” Imogen said.
“My teammates are all so supportive and we’re always pushing each other to make sure we’re at that level all the time.
“Our camaraderie and teammate ethic is really positive to going into world age and world champs for the seniors.”
Castle Hill RSL also have four athletes at the World Championships starting on November 9.
The Australian world age team also has a coach in the squad with Damian Ryan returning to a role on the team for the third time.
Ryan said it was important for Australia to be able to compete in competitions like the World Age Championships.
“For Australia, this is really big,” he said.
“The European countries often meet at European championships and invitational events, it’s a lot easier for them to get to those types of things but in Australia it’s a bit of a distance to China or Japan.
“When something like this comes around it is a big thing and a really good opportunity for them to learn.”
He added that Imogen and Liam were both Youth Olympics eligible for next year so it is important for their development.
The Trampoline World Age Championships will run November 14-19 in Sofia, Bulgaria.