Tears of joy and despair for Hucknall trampoline champion

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The ups and downs of competitive sport left Hucknall trampolinist Bethany Caine in tears of joy and despair this week.

For no sooner had the 13-year-old girl been crowned a national champion at Peterborough last weekend than she dislocated her knee in an accident on the trampoline at home on Tuesday, which will rule her out of action for several weeks.

And that means she will probably miss the prestigious National Development Programme finals at Telford in July, for which she was hot favourite for more glory.

“It was a bitter end to a fantastic week,” said dad Pete Caine, who runs the Hair’z’Pete barber’s shop on Robin Hood Drive in the town. “She is devastated but, hopefully, she will bounce back stronger than ever.”

Not even the injury can take away the fantastic achievement by Bethany in the national team finals at Peterborough, especially as it is only just over a year ago when she first took up trampolining seriously after joining the Night Flyers Club at the Mellish Sports Centre in Bulwell.

Competing at level one (the highest is level six), she took on 18 other girls from across the country in the 13-plus age-category. She produced two of her best routines to date to take the gold medal and the accolade of best in Britain. Her efforts also helped the East Midlands win the team title, beating regions from all over the UK.

“When the results came in, we were all in shock and had tears in our eyes ,” said Pete (38), who lives with Bethany, wife Rachel (39) and son Owen (12) on Rushcliffe Road.

“We are immensely proud of her achievements. Her head coach says she is likely to go straight up to level three next year.”