PE gymnast is World Champion

2017-11-22 06:01
Bianca Zoonekynd with her medal.

Bianca Zoonekynd with her medal.

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THE Bay’s Bianca Zoonekynd has made history by winning the double mini-trampoline event at the 2017 Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria recently.

The last South African to win the prestigious title was Derrick Lotz, 37 years ago in Brig, Switzerland.

What makes her achievement even more amazing is that Zoonekynd was in a car crash just three months ago in which she suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung.

In the double mini-trampoline discipline, Bianca was placed second. In the final, Bianca’s performance in a breathtaking routine was well received and the wait for the results began.

It was tense moments when the judges had to deliberate, not once but twice, before the final results were revealed.

“I could barely stand the wait and I covered my eyes while waiting for the results. I really could not believe that I had taken the World gold medal,” Zoonekynd said.

After returning to SA, there would be no rest for her as she dove right back into training students at Mandy’s Tumbling and Trampoline Gymnastics school where she, her mother Mandy Zoonekynd and brother, Lee, are coaches.

“I would like to generate more funding for the gym to enable more kids from previously disadvantaged communities the opportunity to train and compete at these international events.

“I would like to create awareness of this incredible sport and to see more South Africans take the gold.”


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