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Eddy soars to new heights

CLIFTON Beach local Eddy Rand is gearing up to compete in trampolining at the Australian Gymnastics Championships after posting good results at the recent New South Wales and Tasmanian State Championships.

After coming first in the individual double mini division and fifth in the individual trampoline in the under 22 age group at the NSW State Championships, Rand competed in the Tasmanian Championships at the Kingborough Sports Centre on 13 and 14 April.

The event formed part of the selection for the 2019 World Age Championships for trampoline gymnastics being held in Tokyo later in the year.

Rand finished third in the individual trampoline and said the result put him in a position to get in the Australian team for the double mini.

“I got the objective score I needed – if I do the same performance at nationals I’ve got a really good chance of getting in the Australian team,” he said.

“I was really happy with my performance in NSW because it’s a tougher field and it’s great competition experience.”

Under the tutelage of state coach Ben Kelly, Rand said he trained four to six times a week for two hours each session.

“It’s a lot of time and effort, but absolutely worth it,” he said.

“Ben has been really good – he’s really experienced, highly qualified and has been there every step of the way.”

Rand said he started trampolining at a young age after doing circus skills classes at the Jumping Jacks Trampoline Centre.

“At the time I thought it would be an awesome thing to get into, and it has been so much fun – it’s one of the most fun things you can do,” he said.

Rand said he hoped to make the team for the World Championships.

“I have been ramping up my training load and focusing on emulating competition during training,” he said.

“My goals at nationals are to place in the top four of my age group, as this would be a strong indication of my chances of making the Australian team.

“I want to be a strong senior competitor and be able to compete with the senior guys and put up a good fight.”

Caption: Eddy Rand is ready to take on Australia in trampolining at this year’s Australian Gymnastics Championships.