TRAMPOLINING: Georgia bids to bounce back
THE list of competitions that Swindon trampoline ace Georgia Clements has taken part in during the last nine months is not extensive.
That is because the 17-year-old has been contending with what she admits has been her ‘worst year for injuries’.
Clements, who made her debut for Great Britain in April last year, had been looking to take her performances to another level but found herself continually foiled by bad luck.
First an Achilles injury sustained at the back end of 2012 sidelined her for two months.
Then, just as the New College pupil was starting to find her feet again, she injured her other ankle on double mini tramp, putting her out for a further month.
Clements rushed back in order to qualify for season-ending nationals, but the main event at the NEC in Birmingham proved a competition to forget as she crashed.
“It was definitely my worst year for injuries,” said Clements.
“Before Christmas I hurt my Achilles, which was just before the beginning of the season.
“I didn’t start the season well because I was really quite injured and then in the middle of the season I injured my other ankle.
“I came back and qualified for nationals, but I ended up crashing there which I think was not only to do with my ankle, but also that I wasn’t really confident because I had had so many injuries.
“I did a really nice set routine and was about fourth or fifth, but then I crashed. It was a new routine as well and I just don’t think I was ready.
“I had quite a bad season as a whole and crashed quite a bit, but I think that was both injuries and confidence.”
In addition to training on practically a daily basis at Edgbarrow Trampoline Club in Bracknell, Clements has had the usual teenage rigours of college work and learning to drive on her plate.
She has even earned a bit of extra cash by dressing up as Alfie the Alligator and helping out at the recent Swindon Advertiser Roadshows.
Her main focus, though, is trampolining, and she is looking forward to what she hopes will be a better season next time round.
“As a year it’s been a wipeout and I have to move on,” she said.
“I do have time as a lot of the older trampolinists are 25 or 26 like Kat (Driscoll), who went to the Olympics.
“A lot of people have an unlucky year and I don’t think I realised that until it happened to me.”
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