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Flynn Gunther

September 22, 2020

Flynn joined the sport of competitive Trampolining in 2017 as an 8 year old, and quickly discovered his love of jumping, performing skills and competing

He was a committed athlete and enjoyed progressing quickly from local age level competitions in New Zealand, to being selected at age 9 to represent New Zealand at the 2018 Australian Gymnastics competition, where he achieved a Silver Medal finish in Individual Trampoline.

Later that year he competed in Tauranga at the 2018 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships and once again continued his medal run achieving another Silver medal finish

His efforts were also profiled that year in local newspapers, and on the children’s television programme “What Now”.

At the end of 2018 Flynn was crowned overall Canterbury Champion (1st equal) for his division, and also received the club trophy for “Most Promising Athlete”

Flynn once again competed at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships, where he achieved a Bronze Medal at U11 International level. 

Here he also competed in Synchronised Trampoline in Australia for the first time and achieved a World’s qualifying score.

Later that year, Flynn competed at the 2019 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships in Auckland, where he received a Silver Medal for Youth International Grade

The highlight of Flynn’s athletic career was being selected and competing for New Zealand in Synchronised Trampoline at the 2019 World Age Group Competition, held at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. 

There, he achieved his goal of making finals, and finished 8th in the world (11-12 age). It was also a fantastic cultural experience, as well as being able to compete in the newly completed Olympic area, and being up and close to the senior athletes vying for Olympic qualification spots

Flynn is looking forward to challenging himself, and his abilities, and continues his journey to rise through the qualification ranks and many qualifiers, with the eventual goal of being able to represent his country at the highest level of the sport. He has his eye set firmly on the LA2028 Olympics 

In his spare time Flynn loves attempting outdoor sports especially mountain biking and scootering. He is also a guitarist in the school jazz band, is an avid reader, and loves swimming and playing video games 

Flynn currently trains 10 hours a week at Olympia Gymnastics in Christchurch under his coach Alexander Nilov.