Leeds trampolinist Harrison Green is confident of springing himself to the next level after impressing on the global stage. Last year saw the 18-year-old finish fourth in the 17-21 category of the World Championships, just one spot away from bagging a major international medal. And while a top-four finish exceeded even his expectations, there’s a feeling of unfinished business for the talented teenager.
But Harrison is not short of further opportunities to impress, with goals as clear as day for how he plans to leap up the rankings in the years to come. “I was an artistic gymnast when I was five or six, but I went along to a trampolining holiday camp and started doing that from there,” said the Woodhouse Grove School student.
“I was really hyperactive when I was a child, so my mum put me into gymnastics to make sure I was safe. Coming fourth really made me want to try and get onto the podium next time and improve and get better. Being so close made me want to get better. I’ve qualified for the British Championships in September.
"I have an international in Portugal in July, and hopefully if I do well in the British Championships I’ll go to the Junior World Championships in Tokyo. I feel like I’m progressing quite a lot as the weeks and months go on – I’m learning new skills and trying to increase the difficulty and the execution of my skills.”
Harrison was speaking at a SportsAid workshop being hosted in partnership with GVC – the multi-national sports betting and gaming group – at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. GVC are supporting 50 athletes across 33 sports, with each one receiving a financial award and personal development opportunities through SportsAid, including support around nutrition, mentoring and media training.
Olympian Leon Taylor and Paralympian Millie Knight, who are both SportsAid alumni, were also on hand at the workshop to share their experiences of elite level sport. And Leon, who delivered a mentoring session, said: “I’ve been involved with SportsAid for many years as an ambassador and it started when I received a SportsAid award as a young athlete.
“I really know how much of a difference getting that recognition can make. I’m supporting the cause now as a retired athlete because I know what the journey is like.”
GVC is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. Visit gvc-plc.com to find out more.