Twelve-year-old trampolinist Eliza Saxton will be flying the flag for Sheffield in the British Championships in Liverpool in September.
She was the only local girl to qualify from the two-day British Trampoline and Tumbling Spring Event Series 2 qualifying event in Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport last weekend.
Eliza is part of the Sheffield Trampoline Academy Squad which produced Rio Olympics silver medalist Bryony Page.
The Year 8 Silverdale student, inspired by Bryony’s achievements, finished ninth out of 24 to secure her place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in September. Her mother Naomi Saxton takes up the story: “Eliza started trampolining when she was eight, having tried diving, loved the skills but didn’t like the water.
“It was suggested she transferred to trampolining, and she took to it straight away.
“She trains at Hillsborough Leisure Centre six times a week, is very dedicated and never misses a session.
“Bryony is a massive inspiration for Eliza and her peers.”
Since taking up the sport four years ago , Eliza has progressed ough the National Development Pathway, achieving gold and silver medals at national finals.
“She also won silver for her school in the Under -14s at the national Schools Competition, despite being only 12.
“This year she was the only squad member from Sheffield to enter the Elite category; a big challenge at which she has worked really hard.”