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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
64 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 Junior Sports Star nominee Michael Burke, of Concord West, on his backyard trampoline. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP180902 Lad bound for success FIONA BRADY JUNIOR SPORTS STAR ISitabird?Isitaplane? No, it's Concord West's young trampolining star Michael Burke. The sky's the limit for this acrobatic youngster who's been improving in ''leaps and bounds'' since taking up the sport last year. Michael is already com- peting at level 6 -- a level some people take four years to reach. His biggest achievement so far has been representing NSW at the Nationals in July in the under-15 years category, although he's only 12.He amazed himself by coming fourth in trampolin- ing, sixth in synchronised trampolining (where you jump with a partner) and 12th in double mini trampolining. The St Patrick's Strathfield student comes from a gymnastics back- ground and knows what it takes to be a good trampol- inist. ''You need to be flexible and very neat in your moves,'' he said. ''And you need to be able to jump pretty high.'' He practises ''three to four'' times a week in two- hour sessions. ''My favourite thing is doing the flips and twists,'' he said, although he admit- ted to a few nerves when he first tried a flip. ''I was scared I would land on my head,'' he said. And Michael, who's a member of Ryde RSL Tram- poline Club, said a lot of people were surprised when he revealed his hidden tal- ent. ''Some people don't re- alise trampolining is a sport, but it's in the Olympics so it is a sport,'' he said. Michael is in the running to win a medal and $1000 in the Inner-West Weekly Jun- ior Sports Star of the Year awards. Inner-West Weekly Sport THE MANIA B'DAY SALE Shop 3, 29-45 Parramatta Rd Concord 9744 5611 Shop 2, 76 Anzac Pde Kensington 9663 5600 SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS www.floormania.com.au 2112580i iww wk4 ALL MATERIALS AND LABOUR GUARANTEED Solid Timber Flooring + Block/Mosaic Parquetry + Sanding/Polishing + Floating Floors + Cork Flooring + Vinyl + Rugs A BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Lic. no. 180447c BUSINESS OF THE YEAR MANY MORE SPECIALS IN STORE $52/m² Blackbut 80 x 19mm $52/m² Flooded 80 x 19mm $19 .50/m² 7mm Belgium Laminate Flooring - supply only $95/m² ReadyFlor Spotted Gum 1 strip - supply only $110 Peerless Gemini maintenance kits 50%off All rugs in showroom
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