Josh Newman waits on GB call for European Trampoline Championships

Echo: Josh Newman - playing a waiting game to discover whether he will be representing Great Britain at the European Trampoline Championships Josh Newman - playing a waiting game to discover whether he will be representing Great Britain at the European Trampoline Championships

GYMNAST Josh Newman is playing a waiting game to discover whether he will be representing Great Britain at the European Trampoline Championships.

The 15-year-old from Noak Bridge hit the qualifying mark once during a two-day trial at the weekend – the only trampoline gymnast to do so.

But with selectors looking for trialists to hit the grade on both days, British Gymnastics chiefs will decide who they are taking to next month’s championships on Friday.

“To be honest, I’m really not sure whether I will be taken,” Josh said following the weekend trial.

“I’m hoping that I have done enough to get me there but at the moment I’m not 100 per cent sure that I have qualified.

“They had planned to take four juniors but they are now only taking three because no one qualified on both days.

“I only hit the qualifying score on one day and did not on the other.”

The Billericay School pupil failed to hit the qualification total of 95.800 on Saturday at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall despite getting a personal best set routine.

He performed another PB set routine on Sunday and combined it with a successful voluntary routine for a personal best second round score of 97.360.

The teenager, who is a member at Gillingham’s Tumblers Trampoline Club, has been battling a back injury since December.

“I’ve just been trying to get through it and have been having physio treatment when I’ve been with the national squads at Lilleshall,” he added.

“It has restricted my training programme and once I started training again it was just a case of going as quick as possible to make up for lost time.”

The European Championships in Portugal are a mixed junior and senior event and GB will be taking three juniors to Guimaraes in April.

Josh will be competing in the 13-17 age group if he is selected and will be up against top European rivals, with the Russians expected to provide the toughest opposition.

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