Great Britain Junior Trampoline Gymnast Corey Walkes has arrived home from his first international competition of 2018 with his first gold medal of the season.
Corey who turns 17 today is coached by International Performance Coach (IPC) Susan Bramble at Quayside Trampoline & Gymnastics Club in Bridgwater alongside Senior Great Britain Trampoline gymnast Laura Gallagher.
Corey competed as an individual on Saturday18th November at 25th World Age Group Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria in the largest age group of eighty four 15/16 year old boys and then again on Sunday in the same age group in synchronised trampolining.
There were 938 athletes competing from all over the world.
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!!