Recently I performed at my clubs display day. I did a short individual section followed by a three person synchronized routine with Evie and Lachie, my fellow members of the elite squad. The display was for the recreational athletes and their parents. The kids were very eager to watch me bounce as I coach many of them and lots of them were unaware that Coach Jasmine is also Athlete Jasmine. I was surprised at how nervous I was before the display, the pressure mounted as the head coaches explained to the parents the we were the “high performance” the, “elite” the, “best of best”. It’s a hard expectation to live up to. I prayed that i wouldn't fall off because that would be super awkward after being talked up and paraded in front of the parents and kids. Thankfully, I stayed on and performed very well.

 

In the months following nationals, I’ve been working hard on new skills, routines and combinations for next year. I have been practicing my Rudi-Out tuck and pike (double front somersault, 1 1/2 twist)  in the hopes of competing them in 2017. The 2017 competition season will be the beginning of a new era due to come technical changes in the way trampolining is judged. As of January next year, “Horizontal Displacement” deductions will be put in place as well as a new, smaller square marking. Currently on a standard competition tramp, there is a red rectangle. Every time you jump outside of or back inside the rectangle, the judging panel deducts you. Next year scoring highly for form and execution will be far more difficult due to the new rules and I have to say that I’m not exactly thrilled about the change. It is hard enough already to stay on the small bouncy jumble of springs and strings without additional deduction zones for travel.

 Olympic Trampoline

 

This term I have struggled slightly with the school work and training load as I have been training lots of hours and am being bombarded with assessments. Due to this I have taken a Rest Week to catch up on sleep, school work and recover from a few minor injuries. The Rest Week was a mutual decision between my coach and myself; we agreed that I was getting run down by the late nights of doing schoolwork and the early morning training sessions. I noticed that I was overtired, as I was not performing as well in training, I was tired all the time, sore and often felt unwell and weak. After my rest week I felt much better in and out of training. It was both relaxing and strange to take a planned, scheduled week off training. I had so much free time, which I mostly spent playing guitar and sewing, two hobbies that I struggle to fit in during my busy term time.

 

 

Jasmine :)