Top athletes in action at international trampoline festival

Posted on February 22, 2010

With athletes such as Bianca Budler and Karen Wilson and Lucky Radebe, the competition promises to be cut-throat as they go up against world ranked participants from Brazil and France.

The Jannie Jansen Competition is part of the high performance plan of South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) which is to expose as many South African gymnasts to international standard competition. This is a forward thinking gesture that aligns itself to the SASCOCS’s commitment to improve the standard of performance of our national athletes.

SAGF Manager of High Performance Tseko Mogotsi says, ‘The Jannie Jansen will build international relations and ensure regular interaction with foreign teams and expertise on an annual basis, expose Gymnastics to the community and inspire our gymnasts to reach the top of their abilities.”

The competition is a tribute to the late Jannie Jansen, a great contributor to the sport of Trampoline. He was one of the founding members of the former International Trampolining Federation (FIT) which came into being in on 4 March 1964. From its inception till his sudden death in 1992, Jannie Jansen served on the FIT executive as well as the Olympic Council.

During the economic sanctions against South Africa, South Africa was able to compete in the 1982 Trampoline World Championships as well as the 1984 edition of the same competition through his efforts. Jannie Jansen is well remembered in the Trampoline circles as a dynamic personality who was adored by all who knew him.

Helen van der Walt said: “The competition is a fitting tribute of his contribution to the sport.”

With so much history steeped in this event, the competition promises to highlight South African Trampoline and Tumbling talent as well as celebrate the 46th anniversary of Trampoline and Tumbling existence internationally. Sport enthusiasts can look forward to see the best international and national gymnasts at the Jannie Jansen Competition.

They include famous Tumbler and Double-mini gymnast Bruno Martini (BRA), Tumbler Morgan Sauton (FRA); World Number 3 Syncro, Pair, Sebastien Martiny (FRA) & Gregoire Pennes (FRA); World Number 3 Tumbler, Karen Wilson (RSA); World Number 8 Tumbler, Bianca Budler and 2009 World Games Double-mini Trampoline Finalist Lucky Radebe (RSA).

All members of the public are invited to this showcase event. Entrance is free.

The Jannie Jansen International Competition


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