Corey Walkes has arrived back home after representing Great Britain at the 26th World Age Group Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships held in St Petersburg in Russia. Corey was selected to compete for Great Britain as one of just 3 GBR individual trampoline gymnasts in his age group after winning the gold medal at the British Championships held in Birmingham earlier this year.
More than 850 junior athletes from 42 nations on six continents competed at the Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, which was also the stage for the 33rd Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships.
The FIG World Age Group Competitions are held annually, except in Olympic years, in conjunction with the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships. The prestigious event allows junior Trampoline gymnasts to perform on the same world stage as their idols while gaining major competition experience for their own careers.
The gymnasts were divided into four competitive age groups: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-21 years of age. Corey was up against the worlds best in a group of seventy 17-21 year old male trampoline gymnasts from around the globe in the oldest junior age group.
After a beautiful first set routine Corey scored the 2nd highest marks of the entire competition just 0.035 behind the eventual 20 year old russian silver medallist.
In a fiercely competitive and the largest age group of the championships Corey competed as number 8 of the 70 leaving him a long 4 hour wait until the entire 70 gymnasts had competed to find whether he had made the final! Only the top 8 highest scoring gymnasts went through to the final with Corey making it in the coveted 8th place. Scores were then reset to zero as they competed in reverse order of qualification with Corey going first. He performed a strong exceptional voluntary routine with a total score of 57.345 achieving an incredible 4th overall place, narrowly missing out on the bronze with only 1.87 marks between him and the gold medalist. The top 3 places went to 2 Russians and a Belarusian all aged between 20 and 21 with Corey, at 17, being the youngest to compete in the final!
Corey is a UK Sport Olympic Programme member of the Junior British Gymnastics GBR team