Rangiora-based Bronwyn Dibb has won silver at the 2019 Trampoline World Championships in Tokyo.
Dibb was just 0.2 points off gold in the Women’s Double-Mini Trampoline final.
The 22-year-old double-mini and trampoline athlete is no stranger to international competition, having competed at every world championships since she was age-eligible in 2015.
Before then, she competed at two World Age Group Championships, winning a silver medal in 2014. Dibb finished fourth at the World Games in 2017 and, more recently, won bronze at the World Cup in Russia in September.
Dibb competed at the world championships last year without a functioning anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that helps stabilise the knee joint.
“I was determined that an ACL was not going to end my career, as it does so many others,” she says. “I was determined to come back stronger and use the setback to my advantage.
“I’m just so stoked really; words don’t really (describe) how I am feeling inside. Just amazing, absolutely amazing.
“I’m just so glad, after all that I’ve been through, to be on the world stage and performing the best I can.
“Standing up on the stage during the medal ceremony was just amazing, absolutely unbelievable,” she says.
Coach Nigel Humphreys, of ICE Trampoline Sports, was told multiple times that they should not be doing it; that what they were achieving just should not be possible.
“I learned very early on in my association with Bronwyn that what is not possible for others, does not always fit with Bronwyn. She is a gutsy, tough and focused individual,” he says.
Nigel says that double mini competition always involves strategy and you need to be able to adapt to what others are doing and what you need to do.
“We could have attempted a tougher final pass but realistically we didn’t need to. We knew we were in a good spot for a medal and just needed to make sure we delivered and Bronwyn sure did that.
“I’m absolutely delighted for her after all she has been through. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.”