Dominic Clarke proud of the high flying Trampoline culture
Culture is a word that springs to mind when current National Squad member, Dominic Clarke thinks about the Trampoline Gymnastics community in Australia.
“I’m proud that trampoline has the reputation of being a high flying, challenging but fun sport,” Clarke said.
“Trampoline in Australia has always had an extremely friendly and inclusive culture at all levels, and we’re known for it around the world.
“I know at World Championships, we are the team that gets behind each other, have a joke and play fun warm up games in the training hall, but we work hard and put up results on the competition floor.
“And as I become one of the older more experienced athletes in Australia now, I want to keep that culture alive.”
To be able to represent Australia and compete at the highest level of his sport, Clarke uses those opportunities to understand where he is at personally.
“For myself, it is always a competition where I can gauge my own progress against the best in the world.
“It’s awesome to see how myself and the Australian team are progressing and succeeding in our discipline.
“But I am constantly humbled by the opportunity given to me by my federation to put on the green and gold leo and be one of the few that gets to represent Australia at the highest level, as a result of all our hard work!”
In 2015, Clarke competed with Matthew Weal at the World Championships and finished in fourth place and just missed out on a medal. With that thought in mind, Clarke remembers his success at the 2018 World Championships in Russia.
“After just missing the podium in 2015 and feeling like history was going to repeat itself,” Clarke said.
“It was such an honour to be able to stand and receive that Bronze medal with my partner Ty Swadling, among the best in the world, after such an incredible and challenging final."
The development of gymnastics as a whole has been evident throughout the years; Clarke has been able to experience this first hand being a current athlete.
“As gymnastics has evolved from what used to be a very artistic and expressive sport, is now, with new technology is testing our technique in very different ways objectively,” Clarke said.
“Now it’s not just throwing the hardest you tricks you can and make it pretty, we have machines to judge how high we jump and how well we stay in the center.
“We’re constantly getting new rules to challenge us and push the sport forwards which is exciting going into the future.”
Clarke is excited to see where the future Junior Trampoline athletes will be able to take the sport.
“There is a new breed of athletes coming through with juniors who were brought up on competing for time of flight and training on super powerful equipment for such a long time.
“By the time they are seniors, I can imagine they will be jumping higher and doing more difficult skills than I could even imagine!”
Since the 2019 Australian Championships wrapped up, Clarke has been busy preparing himself for the upcoming Khabarovsk and Valladolid World Cups coming up in the next couple of months.