Apple Elite trampolinist through to nationals

Shannon O'Brien
Shannon O'Brien

A trampoline star from Worksop has made it through to the British National finals, thanks to a silver medal performance at the weekend.

Shannon O’Brien was in action in South Shields, where she not only picked up a qualifying score for the nationals, but earned promotion and a medal.

The 16-year-old has moved up to ‘Fig B’ thanks to her recent form.

O’Brien and the rest of the competitors had to perform a routine in order to book a place in the final eight, and the Worksop girl made it through in first place.

The last eight competition saw her drop to second place, taking home silver.

The teenager has also secured a place in the Yorkshire squad, after impressing selectors at trials.

Twin sister Katie, however, will have to wait to join Shannon at the top level, as she requires surgery to fix an ankle injury.

She picked up the injury in an accident last year, and although she is still able to train, the pain is limiting her performances.

The recovery period before she can get back to competition fitness after the surgery is expected to be six months.

Despite her obvious discomfort, she finished an impressive ninth in South Shields.

The O’Brien twins are both Apple Elite athletes, selected for a sponsorship and development programme by Apple Health andf Fitness on Bridge Place, and the Worksop Guardian.