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Trampolinist Zoe is aiming to hit heights after financial lift

By Andrew Rogers

Published 19/01/2016

Bright prospect: Dame Mary Peters and Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications congratulate award winner Zoe Kerr
Bright prospect: Dame Mary Peters and Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications congratulate award winner Zoe Kerr

Teenager Zoe Kerr is the latest young Northern Ireland sports star to receive the Rainbow Communications Sports Award, in association with the Mary Peters Trust.

Every month the Mary Peters Trust chooses an athlete to receive a financial grant and the 14-year-old trampolinist from Bangor has been given the nod.

Zoe was overjoyed to hear the news.

"I'm delighted to have received the Rainbow Communications Sports Award and will use my grant to help with my training and towards my upcoming international events," she said.

The student from Glenlola Collegiate School has taken part in several competitions as part of the Gymnastics Northern Ireland Trampoline Super Squad, and announced herself on the international stage by coming ninth in both the Valladolid Championships in Spain and the Loule Cup in Portugal late last year in the double mini trampoline.

She also finished first in the Northern Ireland championships for her age group.

Zoe reached her first ever international final in 2014 in the Loule Cup, achieving a personal best to make the last stage. She was also crowned the Northern Irish Schools Championship's elite performer of the year in 2014.

Zoe has ambitions of bouncing into the big time. She added: "I'm training for the European Trampolining Championship Trials and if I am successful I get to take part in the Championship in March. My long-term goal is to take part in the Senior World Championship when I'm older."

Dame Mary Peters said: "I'm looking forward to seeing Zoe compete in more trampolining events in the future."

Stuart Carson from Rainbow Communications, Northern Ireland's largest independent business telecoms company, added: "It is great to see a young athlete like Zoe training hard and taking part in regular competitions, both home and away.

"Rainbow Communications is delighted to continue to work with the Mary Peters Trust to support the next generation of sports stars and I wish Zoe all the very best with her future endeavours."

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