It was love at first bounce

MOTHER knows best and Owen Gilbert is the living, jumping proof.

When Gilbert was a lad of 10 in Warragamba, his mother said he should try a sport, and suggested trampolining.

"Why not?" he said.

It was love at first bounce.

Now a big lad of 20, Gilbert was chosen to captain the NSW trampolining team at the recent Australian Gymnastics Championships.

He also tried out at world championships qualifiers in Queensland.

The result?

Gilbert will be off as part of the Australian double-mini team for the 29th trampoline gymnastics world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, in November.

The response?

"It's awesome," said Gilbert.

He started trampolining at Penrith gymnasiums but "they both closed down".

Now he trains at Ingleburn several times a week and "every day" at home.

There is the mandatory trampoline in the backyard where the injunction "don't try this at home" doesn't apply.

Gilbert already has a few things to put on the CV: Indo Pacific Championships 2012; silver medallist in the men's 17+ double-mini; bronze medallist in the 17+ individual; bronze in the men's 17+ synchronised trampoline; 2012 club nationals: silver in level 9-10 men's trampoline and bronze in level 9-10 men's double-mini; 2012 nationals; bronze in senior men's double-mini; fourth in the senior men's syncro.

Now he's really got something to write home to mum about.

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