Let's Fly! The Trampoline Newsletter N° 8

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Let's Fly! The Trampoline Newsletter N° 8

May 22, 2018

By Vladimir Zeman, UEG TRA-TC President







Dear Trampoline community and friends


I look back on the European Championships last month with great pride. Thanks to the excellent conditions offered by the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation many gymnasts got the opportunity to compete on a podium for the first time. And they put on a fabulous show which got transmitted to fans worldwide thanks to UEG’s global partner SmartScoring. I congratulate all medal winners with their success. And I also want to take this opportunity to apologise for the problems that occurred with the synchro measurement device in the girls’ and women’s competitions. I acknowledge the confirmation of the scores took too long. My sincere apologies also go to Diogo Costa whose DMT dismount was misjudged which influenced his final ranking in the competition. We will do everything in our power to prevent such issues in the future.


From the bottom of my heart, I thank my Technical Committee for the hard work, motivation and dedication in delivering a fabulous competition. We are already back at work to prepare the 2020 Europeans in Goteburg (SWE). Any ideas or comments you have are always welcome!

In case you missed the Baku action, SmartScoring provides full replays on its Gymtv.online platform.

And UEG has uploaded most of the routines in the finals onto its Youtube Channel!

This 26th edition of the Trampoline Europeans truly put the gymnasts in the spotlight!

TV coverage was provided in the host nation Azerbaijan and Russia’s Match TV showed the individual finals. Fans from elsewhere could follow the entire competition thanks to the five different streams UEG’s Global partner SmartScoring integrated on their gymtv.online platform. Such publicity, media exposure and excellent web streaming is the least these gymnasts deserve!

Thank you Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, all gymnasts, judges and officials!

Congratulations to all winners and medallists! How fabulous it was to see Portugal Diogo Ganchinho, after 25 years in the sport, claim his first major title, to see Russia’s Yana Pavlova successfully defend her individual title! And to witness the joy on the fans’ faces when the talented Mikhail Malkin concurred the European title for the host nation, a significant step forward for the nation that started their trampoline programme only a few years ago.

No fewer than 12 countries returned home with medals. Here is the medal table:


Apart for the actual competition, we organised several side activities like the Technical meeting, the Medical meeting with the expert presentations provided by Lindy Laszig (GBR) and Pit Dalferth (GBR) and the Round Table with the coaches and team officials.  I very much appreciated the discussions, comments and ideas that we received from the participants.

Last but not least I need to mention also the fantastic combination of competition and show prepared by the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the entertainment by the event mascot Gur-Gur and the involvement of the spectators!



It was quite fitting for the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, site of the inaugural European Games in 2015, to serve as the qualifying event for the second edition of the Games, to be held in Minsk (BLR) in June 2019. Based on the results in the synchro and the individual competition, 24 tickets for men and 24 for women were distributed.

List of qualifiers!


For gymnasts born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002, the European Championships were also the one and only qualifying competition for the Youth Olympic Games that will be held from 6 to 18 October 2018 in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

5 quota places were available for Europe. The boys of Belarus, Great Britain, Austria, Portugal and Spain secured their places while the ladies of Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland and Greece will travel to Argentina.

List of qualifiers!






Our annual training camp will be held in Cascais (POR) from 22 to 28 July. So far we have participants coming from 6 countries! And there are still some places left!

The experts in the camp will be Luis Nunes and Irina Karavaeva from the TC, Paul Greaves (GBR), Julie Perreten (FRA), Sergio Lucas (SUI) and if enough tumbling participants Vadim Skakun (RUS).



With my warmest regards,

Vladimir Zeman

UEG TRA-TC President