8 February 2018
Alicia Brockwell, Ellie Holden, Tilly Garside and Sophia Richardson all competed in the Schools Zonal Trampoline Competition in Chesterfield after qualifying in December at a regional competition.
The girls will now go on to compete at the National Trampoline Final in Belfast in March.
Alicia said she was extremely proud that the team had made it through to the national final.
She said: “We performed two individual routines each at the competition in Chesterfield and we were up against other schools and clubs. One was a compulsory routine and one was one that we made up ourselves. We came second and made it through to Belfast. I think it was a bit of a shock.
“We didn’t think we would get this far in the competition as we only practise one hour a week at school and there were lots of good teams taking part. We would love to win the national final but that might be a big ask so we would be happy if we made it into the top 5, that would be good.”
Judith Hancock, Head of PE at Derby High School, congratulated the girls on their achievement.
She said: “Competing at the Nationals is a fantastic opportunity for four immensely hard working and talented students from Derby High. The quality of their somersaulting routines and their commitment to training has been outstanding for many years.”