Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre athletes Gavin Dodd and sister Kristina are making names for themselves on the national stage. KTW file photo
Kristina Dodd. Allen Douglas/KTW
From her perch in the glassed-in viewing area at the Tournament Capital Centre, Diane Dodd experiences the ups and downs of her children — quite literally.
As 13-year-old Kristina Dodd and 11-year-old Gavin sail toward the rafters of the Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre, pushing each other to new heights, Diane watches on.
Sometimes, she can’t help but feel excited herself.
“It’s pretty exciting having the two in trampoline,” Diane said. “It makes it nice having both of them in the same sport.
“Some days, you think you’re only going to sit there for half an hour and then, all of a sudden, two-and-a-half hours later, you’re still sitting there watching.”
The Dodds are among the KGTC’s best.
Last month at the provincial championships, Gavin finished second in the all-around at the national level, while Kristina finished third.
Both will be heading to the Canadian Championships in Calgary in July, along with fellow trampolinist Emily Schmidt.
For Kristina, who switched from artistic gymnastics to trampoline a few years ago, the progression has been impressive. Just last year, she was in the stands watching Gavin compete at nationals.
This year, she’ll be a fellow competitor.
“I always felt like I should be doing something,” Kristina said, recalling being in the stands in 2014.
“It’s just kind of hard when you see everyone doing the sport that you love and you can’t do it because you’re not at the same level.”
With both Gavin and Kristina plying their abilities on the trampoline comes a healthy sibling rivalry.
They push one another to do better — no doubt part of the reason Kristina will be doing more than watching at the Canadian Championships this season.
They help each other, too.
While Gavin is the younger of the two, he is the more experienced trampolinist and can offer his older sister advice and feedback.
Kristina does the same with the tumbling aspect of trampoline, more familiar with many of the skills from her time in artistic gymnastics’ floor exercise.
There are, of course, times when the kids bicker like siblings, Diane said, or when disappointment reigns for one child in the face of the accomplishment of another.
But, for the most part, they’re good to each other.
Asked if he ever worries about doing better than his sister, Gavin instead said he’s happy to see Kristina doing well and reaching new heights.
“She always supports me, so I always support her,” he said.
Both Gavin and Kristina are at the gym four days a week, putting in 14-and-a-half hours of training time.
Considering the rest of the time they spend together as a part of family life, it would be understandable if the Dodds needed a little space from one another.
But, from her perch in the glassed-in viewing area, Diane said she has instead watched her kids become closer, a sentiment echoed by Kristina.
“I don’t really get sick of seeing him,” she said of Gavin.
“I like laughing with him and everything. He’s quite fun to be with.”