Jumping across the world

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Jumping across the world

Hope Black, staff writer

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Jace Williams is a freshman who has been a gymnast since he was six years old. He has been training with North Valley Gymnastics and is a part of the USA Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnastics Team. This month, he is going to St. Petersburg, Russia to compete in the World Age Group Competition for his third year.

The World Age Group Competition  is the highest competitive event for William’s age group. He was picked as one of four Americans to be invited, and is the top qualifier for the American team.

“I felt good, I’m in the first place slot for going into it, it was pretty exciting,” said Williams.

Williams is considered an elite gymnast, which is the top level in a competition. This status gave him the opportunity to compete in the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships. He currently trains four days a week for four hours a day at the North Valley Gymnastics gym.

“Jace has done a lot to prepare himself for this level of competition. He and I both did a nutrition challenge focusing on creating better eating habits and fueling his body for the long training sessions,” said Chelsea Rainer, one of his coaches.

Being a trampolinist requires many hours of training and technique. Working with a trampoline is not all just jumping. It also requires knowing how to do complicated tricks and especially coming up with a routine for competition time.

“I’ve always liked jumping and moving around and stuff,” said Williams.

He realized when he was 11 years old that he was serious about trampoline, and began training more. The North Valley Gymnastics offers multiple programs. For example, there is boys and girls gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, tricking, home _schooling and fitness, and a special needs program.

Training can take a lot of time and is challenging, but has been worth it for Williams.

Trampoline was invented in the 19th century by George Nissen, who watched trapeze artists perform tricks bouncing off of a safety net, and got the idea for a trampoline.

This sport also has a couple of health benefits added into the mix. It improves balance, flexibility, and coordination, and helps strengthen the leg muscles.

According to an article by theguardian.com, there is evidence that suggests trampoline also brings up the lymphatic system.

“Health wise, Trampoline is an amazing cardiovascular workout. It also uses all parts of the body and it can really strengthen your legs and abs,” said Rainer.

Friends of Williams are supporting him on his journey to this competition.

“I give him hi-fives sometimes so he knows I support him,” said Brendan Rojas, a close friend of Williams.

The November competition in Russia is the highest level.

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