GLL Sport Foundation supported athlete Ben Goodall flew out to Portugal, with the GB Tumbling Gymnastics squad last week for the 2015 Trampoline and Tumbling Loulé Cup.
No sooner had the plane hit the runway, the British Squad were hard training at the arena on the Portuguese Algarve ahead of the competition. Following a good session up on a difficult track Ben felt confident for the two days of competition to follow.
Ben was scheduled for an 8pm start on the Thursday evening, but after warming up and preparing to enter the arena, their competition was put back an hour following a serious injury in the trampoline event. Having to warm up again and prepare himself mentally for an international for the second time, Ben finally started his competition shortly after 9pm.
The first run went well, with a perfect landing, giving him a 2 point lead over the 2nd placed Canadian competitor. The second run was equally well executed and Ben extended his lead to 2.8 points and gained a place in Friday’s final.
With scores carrying over to the next day, he knew he was two solid runs away from his first international medal. With the Canadian gymnast hot on his heels Ben repeated his performances from day one, extending his lead to a full 5 points after the first run of the day. He was now one run away from the biggest moment of his tumbling career. As the last gymnast to go, Ben knew he just needed one more perfect landing for Gold. He landed solidly with not a single step, and a Gold for GB was secured, and he was crowned 2015 Loulé Cup Junior Men’s Champion.
This was the perfect end to a great tumbling season and a second outing in GB kit. Ben now gets back into training to work on building his difficulty score ready for the first British qualifier in March 2016. This will be his last year as a Junior before he competes as a Senior.