INTERVIEW: Laura Bathgate on winning trampolining Gold

February saw Strathclyde’s Trampolining club win a number of medals at the 28th annual Scottish Trampoline Open in Glasgow. The Strathclyde Telegraph caught up with Laura Bathgate who won the synchro Gold medal, and Iain Morrison who came second in Scotland for the Novice Men’s. The competition, held in Glasgow Caledonian University’s ARC gym, saw competitors from all over the UK compete for a medal.

Laura Bathgate began her time at the Trampolining club when she arrived at Strathclyde in 1st year, was the treasurer in her 3rd year and then the captained the squad in her final year. The Strathclyde veteran, who has been involved with the club for five years now, came first in the synchro alongside teammate Scarlett Gordon: “The Scottish open was a fantastic weekend of competition for Strathclyde trampoline club!

On home turf we had the largest number of competitors this year so far and having had numerous frustrating 4th and 5th place finishes in the previous two league competitions everyone had been training hard and was ready to put it into practice!”

She added: “Following a warm up session on the trampolines on Friday evening we dressed up as pacman for the Friday night retro video games night.

“With over 300 competitors over the weekend, some categories had 80 gymnasts in them, the competition was tough but Strathclyde came out firing.

“Everyone put on amazing performances in the individual events on Saturday and we were thrilled to find out Iain had come first in the Scottish competition.” Continued the graduate.

“Three others also had top five finishes. Saturday was also an exciting day as we debuted the new team leotards which we were able to purchase with money gifted to us by the alumni fund.”

Saturday saw competitions in individual trampolining in which competitor’s complete two routines of 10 skills. As with many weekend long competitions, the Saturday night is for letting off some steam:
“On Saturday night it was time for us to play host as a fantastic ceilidh was held in vertigo in the Strathclyde union.” Explained Laura.

“It was a great way to socialise with the other clubs, many of whom had come from England and Ireland for the weekend and had never ceilidh danced before.

“Trampolining is a very social sport as with only one person on a trampoline at once it gives you plenty of time to

socialise with the others who are also using that trampoline, we socialise after training sessions in the union and like most students we LOVE a good night out!”

As the team socialised with fellow competitors, the competition wasn’t over. The Sunday afternoon was dedicated to related disciplines of tumbling, DMT and synchronised trampolining. Laura explained how the squad got on in the last day:

“The weekend just kept getting better as on Sunday the mighty Strath got our hands on three more medals.

“One of our enthusiastic first years Amanda, who competes in the elite category was trying out DMT (double mini trampoline) for the first time and was outstanding in adapting her skills to win a silver medal – she was thrilled having been disappointed with her individual performance the day before.”

“I was competing in synchronised trampolining with my partner Scarlett Gordon. The competition was really close as there were over 20 pairs in our category and although we felt confident that we could do well we were also aware of some other very good fellow competitors who on an individual basis had ranked above both of us in the individual competition the day before.

“It all came down to our one routine, which we felt went well but we really had no idea how we would place.” Added the graduate.

“We had to wait all day till all the other trampolining related disciplines were over before they announced the medallists.

“When it came to the announcement for our category once they’d read out 3rd then 2nd Scarlett said to me

, and I agreed with her: ‘aw well never mind- looks like we’ve just been unlucky’.

“When we heard our names being read out for first place neither of us could believe it- we looked at each other in utter shock and in what can only be described as an excited daze collected our medals and posed for photos with the other medallists. It was a fantastic feeling and we are both extremely proud of our achievement!”

After participating in an exciting and successful weekend for the Strathclyde University Trampolining Club, Laura was delighted with the outcome:

“The Scottish open held in Glasgow was fantastic weekend of bouncing, socials and success for all involved. It definitely brought our team much closer together and we look forward to yet more fun and successes in the coming months, at the last Scottish league event, the Glasgow cup and as we travel to Cork to compete in the Irish open.”

Iain Morrison, who won silver for the Novice Men’s, also got in on the celebrations:

“It felt great [to win]! It’s always good to have success at something you enjoy doing.

“Dundee College are big contenders in the Novice Men’s category, David Carrol and Lewis Dewar especially, so the extra points help us draw level with St. Andrews University so the win helps.”

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