LAKELAND, Fla. — Seven-year-old gymnast Isabel Jackson of Rochelle can now call herself a national champion tumbler as well as one of the best young trampolinists in the United States. Jackson’s tumbling and trampoline skills were on full display during the 2022 USTA Nationals, which were held from Monday, June 13 through Saturday, June 18 in Lakeland, Florida.
Jackson took two passes during the tumbling competition, scoring 19.5 on her first pass and 19.1 on her second pass to finish with a total score of 38.6 points, which landed her in first place out of 24 tumblers in the Age 7 Girls Sub-Novice Division. Tumbling is a gymnastics discipline in which athletes perform a series of acrobatic skills down a long track. Each pass includes several elements including jumps, twists and flips. Athletes are judged based on difficulty and form.
“It feels really good to be a national champion,” Jackson said. “I wasn’t nervous, but I was confident and my coaches did a good job of getting me ready. The size of the room was different from the school gyms we are normally in. Being at nationals was a lot of fun. I enjoyed hanging out with my tumbling team and I enjoyed going to the beach with my family.”
Jackson also brought home a fifth-place finish in the trampoline competition, scoring 15.8 points on her lone pass to take fifth out of 36 athletes in the Age 7 Girls Beginner Division. Jackson, who trains out of All the Wright Moves, has only been performing gymnastics for a short time. Jackson began tumbling in October 2020 before taking up trampoline in April 2022.
“I enjoy tumbling with all of my friends and I love jumping,” Jackson said. “I like doing flip-flops and even though I don’t have to do backflips during my routine on the trampoline, I like doing them at practice. I want to work on three flip-flops with a tuck during my tumbling routine. I want to start working on the next level of trampoline as well.”