SOPHIA, Bulgaria — A brother and sister from Avondale have soared near the top of the world of trampoline competition with their performances at the international age group meet in Bulgaria.
Joseph, 15, and Brianna, 13, Koslowski medaled in events on Sunday against gymnasts from all over the world.
According to their father Joe Kozlowski, Joseph and his partner finished second on the male sync event that involves two people, each on a separate trampoline, doing identical, mirror image routines.
Brianna finished fourth in the same event with her partner in her age group.
In the individual event, Joseph finished 14th in the world. Brianna, fell and did not place.
“I’m thrilled. They did an outstanding job. I couldn’t be prouder,” Joe Kozlowski said.
Joseph and Brianna are students at Avon Grove Charter School. They said in a previous interview that the school administration has been very cooperative in scheduling work and accommodating their absences when they travelled to competitions in places like England, Portugal, Texas and Holland.
They always bring home ribbons, and Joseph is hopeful that he will qualify for the 2016 United States trampoline team.
The two started bounding at KMC gymnastics center in New Garden with Joseph was 6 and Brianna was 4. While Brianna was taking a dance class.
Jospeh enrolled in a youth trampoline class while he was waiting around for his sister to finish. They were so good, even at that young age, that their parents entered them in a national competition in Chicago where Joseph finished third in his age group.
The siblings traveled to Bulgaria last week and spent a few days training and preparing for the meet.
Joseph’s partner is from Missouri, so they don’t actually get much of a chance to practice together.
Brianna’s partner is from New Jersey, so they can coordinate their routines more frequently.
Both kids work out at least six days a week, using the facilities at KMC on weekdays, and engaging in training at a gym in Red Bank, N.J.
They work out and travel under the coaching and chaperoning of their mother, Beverly, who earned a certification as a coach and is with them at the international meet.