Hi I'm Maci Libby-Allison I'm 16 and I have been flipping for little over a year now.
I started out in 2017 around the month of September. It all started one day when I was angry and had decided to throw myself backwards on my trampoline with the intention of doing a backflip.
Of course, I failed repeatedly until it just clicked.
I didn't take much notice of the gtramp community until early February 2018. I found out that a 15-minute drive away there was a trampolining club for recreational trampolining. I trained and coached there for 2 terms before changing to Flipout Hawkes for a further 2 terms. If it wasn't for Flipout I most definitely wouldn't have made it to where I am right now!
A huge inspiration along this journey is everyone I have met, talked to, trained with, been coached by, who I have coached, seen, heard of, literally anyone who does this sport I look up to you!
It’s everyone who pushes the boundaries of flipping and takes it to a new dimension takes it completely out of this world. People who do that or can dream they can, are my true inspirations because not only can I grow from them, but they can grow from themselves and if you are growing and making this sport better then I couldn't ask for someone better than you to be my inspiration.
Injuries and setbacks
A huge set back in my journey has been with my body. Not from flipping in general but I do get very bad back pain and I have very bad legs. This is due to me being born dislocated from the pelvis. Some would say I'm lucky I'm just glad I'm not in a wheelchair right now. Like they say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
I agree, my legs are bad because of football injury’s I have stopped recently playing football because of this. The pain always comes back sometimes worse than others. Flipping related injuries haven't happened much if I'm honest.
I have necked once into the foam pit, once on the ground, smacked my head on the frame of my tramp and blacked out, I have smacked my nose faceplanting and that's it.
For the future, I hope it holds great opportunity for not only myself but everyone. I hope for the gtramp community that females get more involved with the creative side of things and not the gymnastics side where if your toes aren't pointed you don't get marks. Personally, I think that if you want to do that sure but if you just want to fly be free and have fun every moment you are suspended in the air. Do!
If at least one female who sees this goes out and joins the gtramp community my goal is complete. For myself, I want to grow and learn more about this sport and hope to see it grow even more in the generations to come!
The gtgames was an event I had submitted a video for but not think I would get in. Once I had found out I was selected and the first girl ever I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. All of the people who attended the games, who I was competing against were very supportive of myself being the only female but also I with each other.
This event was truly more about the community then the competition itself. The boys all supported each other and hype each other up whenever needed. They would always be there to lend a helping hand for double bounce, mat throw or filming.
When the game of tramp ended I was disappointed in myself, but everybody there who knew me or not reassured me by saying “you haven't been doing this for very long you’re doing amazing”
The support from everyone including parents etc made me more confident in what I was doing and gave me more hope for the trick combo.
The games is an amazing event I would like to see more females get into! It was well organized, tonnes of fun and an event I will remember for the rest of my life! Bring on gtgames2020!
Follow Maci on Instagram @maci_flips