HOWRAH’S Callum O’Sullivan has prevailed over adversity as part of the Tasmanian Gymnastics Team at the recent 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships held at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre.
The Tasmanian team finished the competition with a final medal tally of five gold, six silver and eight bronze medals across all disciplines of men’s and women’s trampoline gymnastics as well as artistic gymnastics.
Callum was one of 28 gymnasts from Tasmania who competed across the trampoline and tumbling competition, winning gold in the Junior Under 22 Men’s Double-Mini Tramp.
Despite being sick and having a quad injury just before the competition, Callum scored the highest qualification score of the entire competition, including the senior division.
“I was quite sick before heading up to the Gold Coast and had a quad injury four weeks out from the comp, so I didn’t have the best of warmups,” he said.
“I hadn’t actually had a run at the double-mini for three weeks before the competition and was only using the big trampoline to do my double-mini stuff on.
“It was quite nerve wracking when I was there at the stadium about to run at the double-mini for the first time in a few weeks.”
For the final, Callum performed a full out tuck and triple back tuck for his first run, and a rudi out pike and full out straight for his second run.
Callum said winning the gold medal was one of his best results.
“I knew my harder passes and harder skills were coming up in the finals, so I was quite nervous about doing them because I hadn’t done a lot of the training for them,” he said.
“I was ecstatic when my coach tapped me on the shoulder and told me I had won.”
Callum, who is 18, has been doing trampolining for about 11 years at several clubs, and said he enjoyed competing and training with his teammates at Kingborough Gymsports.
“I have good mates there and It’s nice to train with them and have people to push me,” he said.
“You definitely need to be pretty strong mentally to control your nerves in competition because at big competitions they light up the stadiums and it makes you pretty nervous, so you need to know how to control your nerves.
“Balance and flexibility, along with all those physically demanding skills, definitely plays a role in getting better at the sport.”
Charlotte Barnes from Howrah also competed in the artistic gymnastics competition and was a finalist in the uneven bars in the Level Nine category.
The trampolinists and gymnasts will now focus on the National Clubs Carnival which will be held in the same venue in July for the women’s artistic and September for the trampoline and men’s artistic.