Island athlete to represent Canada at World trampoline championships

Reuben Negannegijig poses in his Team Canada gear at the Pearson International Airport before heading to Bulgaria earlier this week.

BULGARIA—Reuben Negannegijig, formerly of Little Current, will be representing Canada this weekend at the World Age Group Champions for trampoline in Bulgaria.

The 14-year-old athlete qualified for the Worlds at the National Championships in June with a score of 93.5, second place in the 13 to 14 age division.

“I grew up in Little Current, but moved to Newmarket when I got into competitive trampoline,” explained Reuben. “About six years ago I heard a gymnastic ad for Jungle Gym in Sudbury on the radio. It sounded cool and I started going there. That’s where I discovered trampoline and I thought it was really cool.”

What started as a hobby soon turned into a passion for Reuben and he and his family moved to Newmarket two-and-a-half years ago so that Reuben could join Airborne Trampoline. He soon began competing at the provincial level, eventually moving on to the national level.

In October he completed at the Loulé Cup 2017 international competition in Portugal. Unfortunately, Reuben fell during his routine, but still placed in the top eight.

When Reuben returned to Canada, he attended a training camp in Montreal for the Canadian athletes attending the World Age Group Championships.

“I’m feeling pretty confident,” Reuben told The Expositor this past Saturday, the night before he flew out to Bulgaria. “I’m hoping for a good competition. I’m going early so that I can adjust to the time change and will be doing some training. I’m excited to visit a new country and for the competition.”

Reuben said that he trains four to five days a week, eight to 10 hours.

When the Grade 9 student isn’t at school or training, he likes to spend time with his family, geocaching or watching movies with his friends.

Reuben will be competing at the World Age Group Championships this weekend, Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.