Honors Program First Year Sonia Shah took first place at the World-Age Group Competition in Metz, France. The first place award makes Shah the World Champion for 17-18 year-old girls on the double mini trampoline.
The November 2010 competition was for junior elites and Shah’s next step is compete in the 2011 World Championships as a senior elite. “As of right now,” Shah says, “there is no plan for me to go to the Olympics because the double mini is not an Olympic sport. World Championships is basically the Olympics for this sport.”
Shah said the competition went better than expected. “I actually ended up winning,” she said, “which was a complete surprise.” After the competition she thought she was in second place and it wasn’t until the awards ceremony that she realized she was the first place winner. “I was so happy,” Shah said. “It all seems a little unreal though. I think I am still in shock.”