Cardiff Met Trampolinist Somersaults to World Championship



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Cardiff Met Trampoline Academy gymnast, Zainub Akbar, will be heading off to the World Age Group Championships in Denmark.

Zainub, from Canton in Cardiff, will be competing alongside 1,400 athletes in the four day event in Odense, Denmark. She will be participating in the individual events and the synchronised event.

Speaking about the competition, Zainub said: "I am really excited to compete again at the World Age Group Championships. Last year was my first World's and I did ok. This year I'm confident I can do much better and hope to make the final and, if it goes really well, even the podium. I've improved a lot over the last year working with my coaches at Cardiff Met and through the support I receive from Sport Wales and Welsh Gymnastics. A good result at this Championship would set me up well for my transition to seniors over the next couple of years."

The World Age Group competition showcases over 1,400 of the world's best athletes in four different events; trampoline, synchronized trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline.

Jake Bailey for Cardiff Met Trampoline Academy, said: "We are very proud of Zainub and what she has achieved to get to the championships. She has always shown great promise and has a natural aptitude for the sport. She has always been dedicated to trampolining, training over 20 hours a week, and truly deserves all the success. We are confident she will do well at the World Age Group Championships."

Zainub started trampoline-gymnastics at Cardiff Met when she was six years old, and has been part of part of the national Welsh team since she was eight. She made her national debut in 2014 when she competed with the British team for the European Youth Championships and placed 6th overall. In addition to this, Zainub has also competed at the 2014 Youth Olympics in China and the 2014 World Age Championships in Florida where she took home a Silver for the synchronised event, and has been the British 17-18 champion for the last two years.

Cardiff Met Trampoline-Gymnastics Academy was established in 2001 and has been successful at Welsh, British and International level competition. The academy provides high quality, fun and progressive coaching programmes and currently has close to 100 members - aged between five and 18 years old.