Olympic hopefuls train at Jumpers Rebound Centre

Pictureof Team USA trampoline team at Jumpers Rebound CentreInternational gymnasts have been training in Medway ahead of their final qualification event for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In preparation for their make-or-break final qualification opportunity at the London Prepares test event at London's O2 arena, gymnasts from Canada, the USA, Portugal and Great Britain trained at Jumpers Rebound Centre in Gillingham, – home of GB trampolining and the largest UK trampoline club, Gillingham Jumpers.

If the countries qualify, the centre expects the teams to return to Gillingham for pre-Olympic training camps along with Australia and several European countries who have already qualified for London 2012 this summer.

Martin Laws, Managing Director of the Centre said: “I’m proud that we can fly the flag and attract major countries to Kent as part of the London 2012 Games. This is a massive endorsement of the facilities available at the Jumpers Rebound Centre and shows clearly that Medway has plenty on offer to the Olympic Games.

Picture of Team Canada trampoline team at Jumpers Rebound Centre"We are at world class level and can showcase both Jumpers Rebound Centre and Great Britain. We have worked hard to attract these teams and our efforts are now paying off.

"It is vital to bring the countries' base camps to the area if we are to maximise the benefits of London 2012. We are now seeing snowballing effect as other countries try to follow the leaders, so here we come 2012!” 

Jumpers Rebound Centre is one of five facilities Medway approved by London 2012 as an official pre-Games training camp venue for teams preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Visa International Gymnastics London Prepares competition at the O2 is the test event for the Olympic Games and has featured all disciplines of gymnastics. Some qualification spots have already been secured by results at various World Championship competitions, but the last 30 places are being fought for in London.  

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