Sixteen year old trampoline gymnast Corey Walkes has had little time to relax after his successful weekend competing at the 2017 British Trampoline & Tumbling Championships which were held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
His ‘comeback’ performance after over a year out through injury showed just why he is in his fifth year of selection for the Great Britain High Performance Junior Programme and a place on the Trampoline Olympic Potential Squad.
Corey has started 2017 with some great news as he has been named as one of just two junior trampoline gymnasts to train as part of both the World Age Group squad (WAGC) and the 'Trampoline Olympic Potential' Squad.(TOP) for Tokyo 2020.
2016 has not been the best of years for Coey Walkes and has presented him with some tough challenges as an athlete. His injuries have meant that he has been out of competition and full training for the whole year and it has most definitely been a physical and mental struggle.
Thought you might like a quick update on Corey's progress with a link to an article featured in Saturday's The Guardian (colour magazine supplement) of Corey and his love of trampolining!
Corey was asked by Paul Greaves, Master Coach to Bryony Page who is Great Britains first ever silver Olympic medalist in trampolining, fresh back from competing in Rio, if he would like to take part. He said that he felt Corey would be a great ambassador for the sport and I think he's done him proud!!
"I am 15 years old and a Trampoline Gymnast. I am the youngest of 5 children and started trampolining lessons when I was 7 just to learn how to use the family garden trampoline safely.
I live in Radstock but travel a 70 mile round trip 4-5 times a week to train with International Performance Coach, Sue Bramble at Quayside Trampoline & Gymnastics Club in Bridgwater and also monthly Great Britain team training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Telford as a member of the British Gymnastics Junior Elite High Performance Trampoline Squad.