By Hannah Dodd and Ashley Smith.
Olympic trampoline Silver Medalist, Bryony Page, is settling into the new world-class facilities at Graves Health and Sports Centre, made possible by a £16m refurbishment.
The centre is one of only three in the UK to have been classed as a Centre of Excellence for trampolining, and is expected to train the next generation of Olympic gymnast hopefuls. Page, who is ranked 13th in the world, was the first British Trampolinist to win an Olympic medal at Rio 2016. She joins a decorated cast of Olympians currently training in Sheffield, including IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, and double Olympic Champion Nicola Adams.
The trampoline hall has been designed and funded by British Gymnastics, who have donated £200,000 to support and oversee the project, and page added she was “very excited to be a part of the centre”.
Inspired by the overwhelming success in Rio, the number of trampolinists participating in the programme have more than doubled from 300 to 700 within a month. Graves Health and Sports Centre General Manager, Alex Greaves, said he hoped that many more up and coming gymnasts would follow in Bryony’s footsteps, and looked forward to supporting aspiring athletes throughout Sheffield.
Graves Health and Sports Centre opened to the public on 1 September and also includes two swimming pools, 100+ station gym, workout studios, and two indoor tennis courts, in addition to the gymnastics and trampoline hall.
INSPIRED? Visit www.graveshealthandsportscentre.org for more information on the gymnastics and trampolining programmes. Lessons are available for both adults and children.