Trampoline Club sends largest team ever to Scottish Open

Katie Lowry

The largest DCU Trampolining Club team ever to travel to Edinburgh competed in the Scottish Student Open at the University of Edinburgh.

Upon arriving in the Scottish capital, the team spent the day marching around Edinburgh to see all the sites, such as the renowned Edinburgh Castle before jumping into an intense session in the evening. 

The team performed their individual routines on Saturday, the first day of competition, and although nobody placed this year, team captain Jean Dwyer said: “overall everyone competed really well but the competition was really high, so we are proud of everyone who competed.”

The competition ended for the day, so it was time for the team to reward themselves with a gorgeous meal after all their hard work followed by an Olympic themed night out.

This was the largest number of students the club has ever brought to the Scottish Student Trampoline Open, which was a huge achievement for the club. Niamh Ni Iccheadha, competitions officer for DCU trampoline club said: “it really shows DCU tramp club growing both in size and participation.”

The competition continued in full swing on Sunday and it was time for the team to compete in synchro, two tricks and DMT. DMT – double mini trampolining – is a new type of competition that DCU are trying to promote in their club. 

Unfortunately, the competition was extremely high once again, but the team competed strongly and did their best. 

Niamh Ni Icheadha competed in the elite women’s contest and came 10th overall. Niamh was the first DCU competitor to enter the elite competition in the last few years and managed to place in Team Ireland, which is the top six Irish in the elite tier. 

Jean Dwyer participated in the advanced women’s and came 12th overall followed by Aoife Lally who competed in the inter advanced ladies’ as well as the DMT level one. Aoibhe Drennan and Jessica McInery both competed in the intermediate ladies. 

Mark Thompson, Lukas Stasaitis and Cormac Duggan all competed in intermediate men’s and Ciara Deegan, Miriam Meggar and Lea Delving all competed in the novice ladies.

Jean finished by saying “it was an amazing weekend. We got a late Sunday flight home and returned to reality.”

This competition came after a very impressive win at intervarsity’s earlier this year at UCC in Cork where DCU won the cup which was a huge achievement for the club and not something that has ever been done before.

Katie Lowry

Image Credit: DCU Trampoline