Olympics dream for new English trampolining champion

Shirebrook girl Alysia Middleton, who has been crowned English champion.
Shirebrook girl Alysia Middleton, who has been crowned English champion.

Competing at the Olympic Games one day is the dream of Shirebrook girl Alysia Middleton after she came back from injury to secure glory at the English Trampolining Championships.

Alysia, who is 17, performed three amazing routines at the championships, which were held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, and returned home with gold in her age category.

It was a remarkable success because she had a bad accident last year, breaking and dislocating her ankle. She had to spend a week in hospital and was out of action for almost four months but, with the help of a “fantastic” physiotherapist, she battled back, started training again and built her way up to the required standard for competition. She medalled in second place at the qualifiers for the English Championships.

Alysia took up trampolining at the age of seven before becoming a competitor at national level when she was 11, travelling around the UK to competitions. She became a member of the Bassetlaw trampolining club in Worksop and was crowned East Midlands champion.