SSTO 2018 – UCC takes over Edinburgh!

Well, it’s already been a week since, but we here at UCC Trampoline are still absolutely reeling after last weekend at the Scottish Student Trampoline Open in Edinburgh! Out of all of the ways we could describe our few days across the channel, unforgettable is the adjective we can all agree on.

The trip began with an early start on Thursday February 1st, when we all packed onto the 5am aircoach to make it up to Dublin for our flight. Unfortunately due to some bus troubles and a delay of about an hour on the motorway, it was touch and go for a moment as to whether we’d make the plane, but luckily enough after some fast and furious driving on behalf of our bus driver, all 38 of our travelling members had their bums on seats on the airplane with plenty of time to spare. After a quick and painless flight (isn’t that right Amy?) we had arrived in Edinburgh, and were let loose in the city for a day of sightseeing.

There is simply no way of describing the beauty of the city of Edinburgh except to say that it must be seen to be believed – however our members did their best to show off the sights through countless posts on their instas and plenty of new profile pictures on Facebook! We paid visits to Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle and the optical illusions museum to name just a few, but all the sightseeing ended when we had to get down to business – we were, after all, there to compete at SSTO!

And what a competition it was! UCC’s presence was well and truly felt, with red and black leotards visible all over the hall. And if we weren’t red and black – we were green! UCC was part of the contingent representing Team Ireland, and thanks to the collaboration of all of the Irish university captains, we represented in style with specially designed t-shirts. UCC’s athletes represented the college brilliantly, competing to the best of their ability in each category and serving on judging panels throughout the competition also. Some of our members achieved huge milestones at the weekend too, levelling up to a higher skill category for the first time!

With the serious work done on Saturday, Sunday was meant more for fun. We put our all into synchro (with more than a few falls along the way), and every head in the hall turned as we watched Jack compete with what must be a record seven synchro partners! We had representations in DMT, and in synchro at each level which was fantastic to see.

However, like all good things, the weekend had to come to an end. But we simply can’t conclude this event report without giving a shoutout to the organising team of the Scottish Student Trampoline Open, and to all the other colleges who came out and gave their all. Here are our medallists, along with some honourable mentions:

Medallists

Alissa Kautz – Novice Ladies, Silver

Andy McCann – Novice Men, Silver

Jack Davis – Pro-Elite Men, Silver

Jack Davis and Nicole Geaney – Level 3 Synchro, Gold, Highest Sync Score Overall

Ciara Judge – Level 1 DMT Ladies, Silver

 

Top 10 Finishes

Martina Hanley – Novice Ladies, 7th

Brian Murphy – Intermediate Men, 9th

Aoife Collins – Intervanced Ladies, 5th

Cian Scully – Intervanced Men, 6th

Jennifer Murray – Advanced Ladies, 10th

Ciara Judge – Advanced Ladies, 8th

Kevin Sheppard – Advanced Men, 8th

Nicole Geaney – Pro-Elite Ladies, 7th

Ciara Judge and Shane Roberts – Synchro Level 2, 7th

Jill Buckley and Andy McCann – Synchro Level 1, 7th