UPDATE: Since publishing this story, I got confirmation that Alexa trains at Icon Trompoline club in Auckland with and her coach Janine Glover. Lizzie trains at Ice Trampoline Club in Christchurch. Her coaches are Nigel and Vickie Humphries.
New Zealand has some rising stars. They proved that point on Friday at the Australian Youth Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia Trampoline events. They claimed a gold, a silver and a bronze medal.
Alexa Kennedy and Lizzie Stevenson won gold in a tight race to beat out Great Britain’s Isabelle Songhurst and Megan Pettit in the Women’s Synchronized event by .4 in the final. Alexa also garnered a bronze in the Women’s Individual event behind the two Chinese up-and-comers Yujie Jia and Jingjing Wen.
Dylan Schmidt placed second in the Men’s Individual Trampoline event. His final scored 57.185 closely behind China’s Changxin Liu’s 58.065. He is quoted below:
The 16-year-old admitted that he was disappointed with silver, after performing three consistently solid routines, finishing overall with 158.715.
“I’m gutted I came second, but I knew that the Chinese were going to be good. I got a personal best, so I can’t be angry at that,” the Auckland-born gymnast said.
(I’m assuming all three medal winners train at the Extreme Trampoline Club in Auckland, but at the time of this post confirmation is still needed.)