Preston trampoline ace Jamie Gibney managed to keep his emotions intact to help Great Britain win a team silver at the Loule Cup in Portugal.
The 16-year-old was left in tears after a minor fall ended his hopes of winning an individual medal in the junior men’s double mini-trampoline (DMT) event.
However, despite his obvious disappointment, Gibney remained focused for his final pass – producing an excellent jump and landing to finish fifth individually.
His final pass received the second highest marks of the afternoon from the judges and he then went on to produce another excellent jump to help Great Britain to a superb second place later in the afternoon.
It was a perfect example of the youngster’s resilience.
“I was really emotional after the last pass,” said Gibney, who studies at Newman College.
“Unfortunately I had a wobble which cost me an individual medal.
“But I showed resilience and determination to get myself back up for the final pass.
“I powered through and did a solid pass, which was the second best score of the final. I have honestly had the best time competing with Team GB in Portugal and I was proud to come home with a team silver.”
Gibney was competing in the junior men’s event alongside Reece Noden, Fraser McLeod and Ryan Devine.
Like Gibney, McLeod and Devine are all aged just 16 and judging by their performances over the weekend, the future looks bright for men’s trampolining in this country.
“Three out of the four were only 16 competing in the senior men’s competition,” said Gibney’s mumWendy.
“So to get a silver medal is a fantastic achievement. They all get along great as well.”
Gibney’s next appointment is the World Championships next month in Sofia, Bulgaria.
He will be competing in the junior men’s event in DMT.
“The World Championships are going to be nerve-racking,” said Gibney, who is eyeing up a potential appearance at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
“My target is to get into the final and make the top eight.”
Gibney, who started trampolining at the age of 12, is a former member of Jump UK and currently trains in Liverpool.