Harry on the up Down Under

One for the future: Harry Newbold-Cozens
One for the future: Harry Newbold-Cozens
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Charnock Richard’s Harry Newbold-Cozens insists he is looking to prove Britain’s men have talent when it comes to trampolining at this month’s Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

While London 2012 showcased the nation’s sporting prowess, Britain failed to qualify a male trampolinist, with just Kat Driscoll competing in the women’s event – going on to finish ninth.

But the 14-year-old, who attends Albany Academy, is proving that the future is bright and last year was crowned British National Under-15s champion.

This led to Newbold-Cozens being named as part of a 120-strong British team for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival that will see 1,700 athletes from 30 countries compete across 17 different sports.

And, despite the sheer size of the competition standing in his way, Newbold-Cozens is looking to put on a show to prove Britain can more than hold its own in male trampolining circles.

“The Australian Youth Olympic Festival will be my biggest competition and I can’t wait to get going now,” said Newbold-Cozens.

“My sport is not well recognised compared to artistic gymnastics so the more it is televised the more people will see how fun it is and join in and hopefully I can help it out by doing well at competitions like these.

“I want to reach the final out in Australia and see how high I can finish. It is going to be a big learning experience and I am quite young in the group so I don’t really know what to expect.

“But getting to a competition like this is all about experience because even though we didn’t have a male gymnast at London 2012 my aim in the future is to be the one to fill this gap.

“Getting on squads like this that are developing into the senior level is a start for me and I am excited about what the future holds.”

Newbold-Cozens is no stranger to pulling on a Great Britain vest, having finished seventh at the 2010 World Age Group Championships.

But with his trip Down Under set to be his biggest test yet, Newbold-Cozens is looking to celebrate the call up in style.

“This will be my fourth time competing for Great Britain and I am really looking forward to it,” he added.

“I went to the worlds in 2010 and came seventh, competed in Bulgaria which wasn’t the best competition and then we had GB vs Germany at the end of last year.

“We lost to Germany but we had one less person as he went to hospital and it was a tight competition and we did well I thought so hopefully I can build on that out in Australia and have a good result.”

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