Event in tribute to tragic Rachael

Rachael Crowther who died age 17 of meningitis ten years ago.
Rachael Crowther who died age 17 of meningitis ten years ago.
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A national trampolining competition is being held in Sheffield today in memory of one the sport’s most talented athletes.

The Sheffield Open/Rachael Crowther Memorial Cup is taking place at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

The event is named after Sheffield trampolinist Rachael who died tragically from meningitis in 1998, aged just 17.

More than 200 competitors from all over the UK, ranging in age from seven through to adult, will perform in the 10th annual competition at the centre.

The event will start with individual competitions and finish with a synchronised competition.

Sheffield Trampoline Academy will be the club hosts and will be hoping to retain the overall team title as well as picking up many medals.

Head coach Paul Greaves said: “This event is a fantastic showcase for trampolining in Sheffield. We have many friends from across the country joining us this year.

“The competition is very special to us and is held in memory of my best childhood friend Rachael Crowther, who tragically died of meningitis 15 years ago.”