ASIAN GAMES 2018
On August 30th Indonesia Made History when the first Men’s Trampoline Team Competed at the Asian Games with Canadian Head Coach Greg Roe.
On August 30, 2018 Indonesia made history by debuting their first Men’s National Trampoline Team at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Proudly supported by Houbii Urban Adventure Park, the young team competed for the first time.
After just 3 months of official training, three young athletes, Yudha Tri Aditya, 28, from Bandung, Dimas Sindhu, 22, from Surabaya and alternate Calvin Ponco, 18, from Jambi, headed to the Jakarta Expo Centre or final preparations with Head Coach Greg Roe from Canada and Indonesian Coach Lulu Manurung. Just one week prior to the Games they discussed how they were excited to show the world that Indonesia was now ready to try their hand at the sport of trampoline. Amid the enthusiastic cheering crowds, Yudha had the daunting task of going first and Sindhu competed in the last position. International trampoline competitions consist of three routines; a compulsory routine of 10 skills, of which 4 must be counted for difficulty, a optional (free) routine of 10 skills where skills from the compulsory round may not be repeated and the Finals, another optional routine.
At the Asian Games, 10 men from 7 Nations competed with only the top 8 moving on to Finals. For this young team who only started training just a few months ago, the goal was simple; just complete your routines! Up against the best in the world, including 3-time Olympic medallist Dong Dong from China (bottom right photo) and current reigning world champion Lei Gao, also from China, it was a daunting task. Just imagine your very first competition ever and you are up against these accomplished men! Both Yudha Tri Aditya and Sindhu Dimas represented Houbii and their country with pride and professionalism, showing great strength of character just to be able to perform in front of the hundreds of screaming fans. Although they did not advance to the finals,
Head Coach Greg Roe was extremely pleased with their performance. “I can’t imagine the overwhelming pressure and nerves they must have felt coming into this competition. I’m so proud of them for pushing through that type of atmosphere and giving it their best,” said Roe. “They have made history today being the first Indonesian Trampolinists and they should hold their heads high and be very happy with what they’ve done” added Roe.
The country is now embracing this sport and are poised for a year ahead of intense training. It will be a great story to see where this young team goes and we support them every step of the way.
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Head Coach Greg Roe talks the boys through the ups and downs of competition and believes that a mixture of focus and fun is the key to a long lasting career in this sport. His business partner, Trish McGeer comes from a sports marketing background and was here to manage logistics and support the team, as well as document every step of the journey! Many of the staff from Houbii also volunteered at the Games and supported their fellow Indonesians.