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I've got gold, now i'm off to the circus'

PUBLISHED: 14:24 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

A STUDENT who won a gold medal in trampolining hopes to join the daring Cirque du Soleil. Jason Plowman, 23, of Gloucester Road, Gravesend, took first place in the British Universities and Colleges Sport national championships. Held at Sheffield over th

A STUDENT who won a gold medal in trampolining hopes to join the daring Cirque du Soleil.

Jason Plowman, 23, of Gloucester Road, Gravesend, took first place in the British Universities and Colleges Sport national championships.

Held at Sheffield over the weekend he competed against 17 other medals contenders with a flawless ten-bounce routine, scored on aesthetic quality and originality.

Mr Plowman, studying Sports Therapy, Fitness and Health at the University of Kent, was delighted with his success.

He said: "It's a really good achievement for me as well as the university.

"It puts out a good message that the university is at a gold standard and hopefully more success will follow over the years."

Mr Plowman also revealed his ambitions of joining Cirque du Soleil, a world famous touring circus, when he graduates in July.

He added: "I have been on the world championship stage in trampoling, but I want to make the transition from competing to performance.

"I auditioned last year and now it's a case of waiting and hoping.

"I haven't thought about doing anything else for a living, but until a space becomes available I will continue to coach at the Gillingham Jumpers Trampoline Club."

Mr Plowman first auditioned when he was a 16-year-old pupil at St George's School, in Meadow Road, Gravesend.

He added: "Back then they told me I had everything I needed to get in, but they were concerned about my age so I decided to go to university."

The championships featured more than 5,500 student athletes competing in 24 sports over five days across 14 venues.

Fellow University of Kent student Kimberley Hughes, 21, also took home gold, triumphing in karate.

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