TS5C's Great Britain junior trampolinist 17 year old Corey Walkes has much to be proud of after he produced an historic junior double silver medal win for Great Britain at the 26th European Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships held in Azerbaijan.
Corey trains at Quayside Trampoline & Gymnastics Club in Bridgwater under the guidance of International Performance and Head Coach, Sue Bramble. He flew out to to compete as part of the Great Britain junior men’s team with the focus on battling it out against the other twenty two European countries to secure for Great Britain one of just five coveted junior men’s trampoline places to compete at the Youth Olympic Games later in the year.
Europe’s best junior and senior athletes travelled to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to compete against each other for the prestigious European senior and junior titles. A total of 420 gymnasts from 25 federations registering to take part across the junior and senior competitions in Individual and Synchronised Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling.
Corey, a former Writhlington School pupil who is now studying for his ‘A’ levels at Beechen Cliff 6th Form in Bath, and his GBR team mate, Andrew Stamp from Northampton, are the first junior mens Great Britain trampoline gymnasts to medal at a European Trampoline Championships in 36 years with the last medal being won in1982!
The competition was fierce across the age groups with 65 junior men from all over Europe competing their strongest gymnasts to perform 2 routines in the preliminary rounds on Day One. The top 24 highest placed gymnasts then continued through to the semi finals on Day Three.
In addition to the individual rounds, 14 countries entered teams of up to 4 gymnasts with the top 5 scoring countries going though to a thrilling Team Final. Corey competed as part of the four strong junior team who each excelled their first round scores to win coveted Team Silver medals for Great Britain.
Corey, who has already won two individual gold medals whilst competing internationally this year at both the Cascais Beach Cup in Portugal and the 1st Dutch Open held in Alkmaar last month secured a second silver medal for Great Britain in an exciting and nail biting top 8 (2 per country) individual Junior Men Final with his team mate Andrew Stamp winning the bronze on the last day of the 4 day event.
With much delight of the home supporters, 2 places were secured; one male and one female; for Great Britains junior trampoline gymnasts to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympics to be held in Buenos Aires in October with selection of the gymnasts to represent GBR to be held later in the year.
Quayside’s Head and International Performance Coach Sue Bramble was there at the Arena to watch with pride as Corey, who she has worked with as his Personal Coach since he joined her club aged eleven, was presented with his medals.
“This is an outstanding achievement for Corey who has fought to come back stronger than ever from an injury which saw him out of action for nearly 18 months during 2016 and 2017 after fracturing his navicular bone in his foot.”
Corey said, “Huge congratulations to my teammates in all disciplines and to the teammates, coaches, support staff and family around me of which I owe my everything to, thank you.”