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TOBY TROTMAN | 27 March 2024

Tennis Player

Toby recently ventured to the Algarve in Portugal to compete in the Tennis winners' cup! ☀️

He made it all the way to the semis with a 6-0 6-1 win, just missing out on the finals.

Even though he didn’t come home with a win, what an amazing achievement to get to the semis in a European competition! 

Toby was awarded a runner-up medal which was presented by British former tennis player, Annabel Croft! 

Well done, Toby. 

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LIBERTY LEE | 11 March 2024

Gymnast

Junior Ambassador Liberty absolutely triumphed at the Hampshire Grades yesterday, held at Dynamo Gymnastics in Southampton. She was the overall champion for Under 9 & 10 Grade 1, winning Gold medals on Beam, Bars, Range & Conditioning, and Floor; a silver medal on Vault; and Gold overall.

She also scored so highly that she has been invited to represent her club at the Regional Finals in April!

On their return ferry journey, her mum got a sweet video of her being surprised by an announcement about her success. Well done Liberty! 

Island Ambassador - CK
Island Ambassador - CK

COREY KENT | 5 March 2024

Autistic Jiu Juitsu Athlete

It was a busy month for Jiu-Jitsu competitor Corey Kent with some pretty tough competition.

 

First, he competed in the highly competitive South Coast Regional Championships in Poole, where Corey won both of his Gi and No-Gi divisions, each of them by submissions (AKA a tap out), earning himself double gold! 

 

Next, Corey competed in the Collision Invitational in Portsmouth where he also won by submission.

 

And lastly, Corey competed in the IBJJF London Open No-Gi Championship at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre where he won bronze in his division. 

 

Well done Corey, what a great month!

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JESS BURFITT | 4 March 2024

Competitive Dancer

Jess Burfitt recently competed in the, So You Want To Dance? Regional Heat in Winchester! 

She showcased her talent in four solos in lyrical, contemporary, commercial and jazz. 

Jess secured first place in all four solos which automatically qualifies her a coveted spot in the grand finals in July! 

As well as that, Jess was also awarded the highest scoring solo of the competition and was also picked out as a Judges Choice for the competition weekend as well as the knockout challenge winner!

To top it off, this marked Jess’s first competition in the older age category! What an amazing win, Jess!

Rubi - Island Ambassador
Rubi - Island Ambassador

RUBI HARPER | 2 March 2024

Showjumper

Last Saturday Rubi travelled to Hascombe Equestrian In Sussex to compete in British show jumping. Rubi had a very quick time on her pony Porshe, taking the win in a very competitive British novice class.

In the discovery class she had a lovely Double clear on pony Mabel, leaving her only needing one more double clear before the end of March, for hopes of getting into the second rounds. Pony Porsche has already qualified for second rounds in both British novice and discovery. 

Alongside this, Rubi has qualified for the Blue Chip Championships in Addington on the 6th April on both ponies. Well done Rubi!

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ISABEL DOMINEY | 2 March 2024

Championship Freestyle Dancer

Freestyle Dancer Isabel recently took part in her first competition of the year where she qualified for the World Freestyle Dance Championships! The Championships will be held in Blackpool later this year, and Isabel will compete representing England.

Isabel qualified for the World Champs with her Freestyle fast solo, finishing runner up in the category, she also performed a slow/lyrical Freestyle solo finishing runner-up and took part in a duet with her sister and placed 3rd! 

A busy day for Isabel with big congratulations in order! Good luck with your next competition!

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LIBERTY LEE | 1 March 2024

Gymnast

Gymnast Liberty recently took part in her first competition of the year, facing teams from all over the South of England.

Despite the tough competition, Liberty placed within the top 6 overall for each of her apparatus performances winning ribbons for Vault, Range and Conditioning, and Bars. She also achieved silver medals on both Beam and Floor, Liberty’s combined results putting her in third place overall - winning a bronze medal in the Grade 1 competition!

This was a pre-grading competition for the main Southern Region Grades happening very soon!

Well done Liberty and good luck in your next competition! 

WIGHTFLIGHT SIBERIAN HUSKIES | 29 February 2024

Sled Racing & Showing Team

Julie Platt and her Wightflight Siberian Huskies recently took on 120 sled dog racing teams around a forest course in their last race of the season. 

The huskies did amazingly well, with 2nd place for the home-bred junior three dog team of sisters Lacey and Robin with their brother Finley - just 1.4 seconds off first place. Our veteran team which included the junior team’s Dad, 12.5 year old Sparky, their mum Minky and big brother Bob also had a stonkingly good run on a shorter trail finishing in first place! Sunday they repeated their races over the same track on a slightly cooler day, Julie allowing the junior team to fly round the course and pick their turns, they won by 50 seconds! 

With the sled racing season now over, they begin the show season with Crufts on Saturday for Lacey and Maddi, with new puppy Tatti joining the show team in April at the Siberian Husky Club of GB Championship show.

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Island Ambassador DM

DOMINIC MARSH | 1 March 2024

Kickboxing Champion

Island Ambassador Dominic Marsh was recently nominated for the coveted ‘Isle of Wight Sports Awards’ thanks to his dedication to coaching The Isle of Wight Panther Kickboxing club and their subsequent results as a team.

One of his young students Harvey, has also been recognised in the ‘15-19-year-old Sporting Achievement’ category thanks to his kickboxing performance last year.  

Congratulations to both Dom and Harvey for being shortlisted as two of the Island’s top sportsmen, we hope you walk away with the silverware!

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TOBY TROTMAN | 23 February 2024

Tennis Player

Toby recently travelled to Sherborne Tennis Club in Dorset to take part in an 18 & under tournament. 

Competing in both singles and doubles, Toby partnered up with the son of a former Tennis Professional. Despite narrowly missing out on the finals, Toby secured 3rd place! 

In the singles, Toby won 2 out of 3 of his matches after a long day of competing, only narrowly losing by a tiebreaker!

Well done, Toby on a great Competition!

Island Ambassador- RH
Island Ambassador- RH

RUBI HARPER | 10 February 2024

Showjumper

Last weekend, Junior Showjumper Rubi travelled across to Wellington Equestrian Centre with her ponies Mabel and Porche to compete.

A British Showjumping event, competition was tough, but Rubi is proud to have come away with a rosette for each of her ponies in the Novice class, jumping 90cm.

  • Second on Porsche 
  • Third on Mabel

Rubi also won the higher Discovery class, jumping 1m on Mabel. Going clear around the course, the pair are then required to jump a speed round to decide the winners of the class. Rubi and Mabel cleared the course the fastest, beating the competition by four seconds in the jump-off and qualifying for the Blue Chip Championships in April.

Well done, Rubi, Mabel and Porsche!

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JESS BURFITT | 5 February 2024

Competitive Dancer

Jess recently competed and excelled at the Ultimate Victory Dance Championships in Winchester which is a high-level competition!

She took home many awards, including…

  • 1st place – Lyrical
  • 1st place – Contemporary
  • 1st place – Modern/Jazz
  • 2nd place – Commercial

Jess was also chosen for the Judges Choice Award as well as winning the overall UVDC Teen Title Award. 

Well done, Jess! What a great start to 2024!