STAMP SECURES YOUTH OLYMPIC SILVER
Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:06
Andrew Stamp has made history by becoming the first Team GB athlete to win a Youth Olympic medal in trampoline gymnastics.
The Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy member won Team GB a silver medal at Buenos Aries 2018 on Day 8 of the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Having qualified for the final in fifth place, Andrew's score of 57.475 placed him top of the leaderboard however he had a nervous wait to see if the four gymnasts still to perform could better his score. Only China's Fantao Fu was able to and by a margin of just 0.55, which ensured Team GB's seventh medal overall and fifth silver of these Games.
Sixteen-year-old Andrew, who lives in Market Harborough and travels to train in Northampton six days a week, said: "This is crazy! It's absolutely surreal but it's just the best experience ever. I really enjoyed the competition, felt confident and just had to deliver my routine. I was happy to complete the routine. I felt confident and then coming off the trampoline, speaking to my coach and seeing the score come up I knew I had a real chance of getting a medal.
It's nerve-wracking sitting there and watching the other gymnasts but my job was done, I couldn't do any more and I had to keep telling myself that. But it's definitely a tense wait seeing all the other scores come up.
This is way up there at the top of what I've achieved. Two silver medals at the World Age Championships but this one trumps them all."
Andrew's personal coach Harvey Smith, who is also Team GB's trampoline coach for the Youth Olympic Games said: "I'm absolutely delighted for Andrew, he really stepped up to the plate and delivered when it mattered on the biggest stage he's had so far.
The quality of performances in the final was of a really high standard and we were really pleased with how Andrew jumped regardless of the result but to come away with a silver medal is just amazing. It's extra special to make history by winning the first Team GB medal in trampoline.
I'm really proud to be here as Andrew's coach and it's just been a great experience which we will take a lot from. I'm sure Andrew will be inspired by what he has taken part in and achieved and if he continues along this pathway he certainly has a bright future ahead of him."
The Youth Olympic medal is the latest in an ever-growing list of impressive results for Andrew, adding to multiple World and European junior medals the NTGA and Great Britain youngster. For more information on how to get involved in trampoline gymnastics contact NTGA on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 645120.