Meet the Vaulters
Here we give you the chance to learn about some of our Vaulters and their passion for Vaulting.
My name is Jessica Haynes (I’m known as Dolly) I’m 17 years old and studying sport and exercise science at college which I find very interesting.
A vaulting highlight of mine would be my first competition abroad which was in Saumur France, when our team was competing in the Nations Cup. I wasn’t used to there being such a big and noisy crowd so it was very exciting and added to the atmosphere!
Another highlight was being selected to compete in the World Championships as a team in 2012, and also in the Europeans in Austria 2013. It was so exciting to travel and see all the amazing competitors, it was great to be part of both competitions! One of my vaulting aims would be to be selected for the 2015 junior world championships and to be able to perform at my best.
Hi I’m Carys, I’m 21 years old. I started vaulting in 2012 when Talygarn Vaulters was set up. I have always enjoyed riding and gymnastics so vaulting seemed like a great sport for me! I am currently studying Veterinary Science at Liverpool, this makes it difficult to train often during term time. My greatest achievement to date is becoming female Welsh Champion last year. This year my aims are to keep that title and to compete at my first international competition.
My name is Hannah Ballantyne, I’m 18 years old and I am currently studying sport and psychology at university. I started riding when I was four and began vaulting in 2008.
Last year was difficult due to injury, however the British championships in October 2014 was a real highlight of my vaulting career as I was 4th as a junior individual, and my pair and I were second in the junior pas de deux class, with very little training. Another highlight would be winning British intermediate team champions in 2013, with our superhero theme, which everybody found very amusing…
This is my first year as a senior individual and I am looking forward to the challenge, my aims are to successfully master the new tech test moves, and to do well at the CVI’s in Saumur and Belgium.