Newman delighted with 'unexpected' AYOF gold

19 January 2013 / 16:45

Joshua Newman admitted he exceeded his expectations after winning men’s synchronised trampoline gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The 14-year-old began the penultimate day of the Festival with the individual trampoline event but finished off the podium in tenth.

But, just hours later, he was back in action with Harry Newbold-Cozens in the synchronised event with the Team GB pair claiming gold.

They were awarded a score of 45.400, more than a point ahead of their nearest challengers, and Newman insisted his triumph was beyond his wildest dreams.

“It feels amazing to have won gold,” said Newman. “We didn’t really expect to win gold. We thought we would have a go and try our best going into the competition but we never expected that.

“We have competed in the synchro with each other twice now so to do this on our second attempt is fantastic.

“My individual didn’t quite go to plan. My first routine went well but the second I had to add a couple of extra moves because I under-rotated a few times.

“And then in the final I fell off so missed out on a medal but getting the gold with Harry was a great way to finish the competition on a high.

“Hopefully we have shown what Great Britain can do when it comes to men’s trampolining and hopefully this is just the start.”

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