What began as child's play is quickly turning into dreams of taking on the world for 19-year-old Jordan Twigge.
The Feilding trampolinist is off to the Australian National Championships this month before taking on Asia and Oceania's best at the Indo Pacific Championships later in the year.
"I hope to medal there, if not I'm aiming at top five, " Twigge said.
A New Zealand age group champion in both disciplines he competes in, double mini and trampoline, Twigge has Olympic ambitions, hoping to be on the podium at the 2020 olympics.
Twigge recalls teaching himself backflips on the trampoline in his backyard as a 7-year-old and first competing at the age of 14.
He got into competitive trampolining through his sister, who was involved with the Feilding High School team.
He travels to Waipukurau twice a week to train with his coach, Wayne Marsh.
"Most of it's getting on the tramp, learning the new skills and repetition of the routines, " Twigge said.
At the moment he trains four hours a week but that will need to increase as his career progresses.
"I've been looking at moving to Auckland to train there, the guys there train 20 hours a week."
Marsh said Twigge had the skills to go far.
"He's very competitive.
"He's got potential, particularly in the double mini - at the moment he's the best in the country."
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