Japan to assist South Africa

Tokyo will hosts the 2020 Olympic Games. Watanabe is investigating the current status of gymnastics on the African continent, with the aim of offering support and assistance to upskill the high performance programme on the continent. …

Japanese gymnastics is particularly strong in Men’s Artistic and Trampoline disciplines. The partnership between SAGF and JGA will entail two Men’s Artistic Gymnasts, two Trampoline Gymnasts and two coaches being invited to train in Japan twice a year until 2020 at JGA’s expense.

JGA will also send Japanese Men’s Artistic and Trampoline coaches to South Africa two or three times a year until 2020 to help create a development plan to improve the standard of South African high performance gymnasts. …

SA Gymnastics Set to Get Japanese Support

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Mr. Watanabe is visiting other nations. He was recently in Costa Rica, for example.

1965 World Trampoline Tumbling Champs

Trampoline Pundit:

An amazing coincidence: Precisely 50 years later, film of the 2nd World Trampoline and 1st World Tumbling Championships has been discovered. On January 30, 1965 the event was held in London at the Royal Albert Hall and now film of the momentous occasion can be shared with the world.

It was uncovered recently by a retired school teacher who found the film reel in his attic. As an enlisted man in the army, he was given the canister by the base’s film projectionist. The recently retired projectionist wanted to put it in the hands of someone with an interest in trampoline, so he gave it to the future educator, who stored it all these years.

Ted Blake and George Nissen, the competition’s sponsors, had commissioned the 25 minute, 16 mm film to promote the sport of trampoline. …

In the film, you don’t just see the great routines of the Champions of the day – Judy Wills, Gary Erwin, Frankie Schmitz, Wayne Miller, Beverly Averyt and more, but tumbling fans finally get to see the very first World Championship tumblers! …

Film History Uncovered: 1965 World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (25min)

For complete competition information, results, participants and routines go to the Trampoline History Blog.

MacLennan, Cockburn, Burnett, Soehn

The four athletes who will represent Team Canada in trampoline at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games were named by Gymnastics Canada on Thursday, three of whom have won five Olympic medals.

London 2012 gold medallist in women’s trampoline, Rosie MacLennan, is on the team, as is Karen Cockburn, a three-time Olympic medallist. Cockburn made it to the Olympic podium at Sydney 2000 with a bronze and then won back-to-back silver medals at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

On the men’s side, Beijing 2008 silver medal-winner Jason Burnett, along with Keegan Soehn carry Canada’s trampoline hopes in Toronto. Soehn is the defending Pan Am men’s trampoline champion when from the games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011.



An intimidating line-up. Keegan Soehn trains in Alberta. The other 3 legends train in the host city. Trampoline is kind of a big deal in Toronto. :-)

World Record LONGEST slam dunk

Lords of Gravity

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Olympic Champion – Why sports are important

Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan (age 26) is the defending Olympic Trampoline Champion from London.

She’s a national hero in Canada. And an Ambassador for the Jump Start Charity. It’s supported nearly a million kids doing sport.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via 24 SEVEN)

R.I.P. Jeff Hennessy

Trampoline was invented and first popularized in the U.S.A. This man was one of the main builders of the Olympic Sport.

Jeff Hennessy of Broussard, La., a noted trampoline coach whose athletes won a total of 26 World medals and former chairman of the International Trampoline Federation’s Technical Committee, passed March 24.

“Jeff was a genuine man and a pioneer for the sport of trampoline,” said Steve Penny, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “His legacy is evident in the program’s leadership today and how far the sport has come.” …


His last book is available for $11.95.

A Successful Guidebook of Twisting Single and Multiple Somersaults

Elias Green – quadruple backflip

Here’s one way to do a quad. :-)

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(via Christopher Sommer)