In the world of trampoline gymnastics, Samantha Smith’s name has been synonymous with greatness for the past 17 years. An icon in her own right, Smith has decided to retire from competitive gymnastics, leaving behind an illustrious career filled with achievements that will be celebrated for generations to come.
Samantha was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After moving to BC, she trained at GymBC member clubs Okanagan Gymnastics Centre in Kelowna, and later Shasta Trampoline Club in New Westminster.
Smith’s journey to the pinnacle of trampoline gymnastics was nothing short of awe-inspiring. She competed at every Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships from 2010 to 2019, consistently showcasing her exceptional talent on the global stage. Her dedication and unwavering commitment to the sport earned her a coveted spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a dream come true for any athlete.
A member of the National Team since 2010, Samantha Smith’s passion for individual trampoline knew no bounds. She soared to new heights, both figuratively and literally, setting the female world difficulty record at the World Cup in Portugal in 2016. Her performances were nothing short of breathtaking, leaving spectators and judges alike in awe of her abilities.
Throughout her career, Smith lived by the mantra, “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play,” a quote by the legendary Mike Singletary. It encapsulates her love for trampoline gymnastics and the joy she found in every moment of competition.
But Samantha Smith’s contributions to the world of trampoline gymnastics extend beyond her extraordinary performances on the trampoline. In her retirement, she will continue to inspire athletes as a dedicated physiotherapist, ensuring that the next generation receives the care and support they need to excel in the sport she loves.
As we bid farewell to Samantha Smith, we celebrate her remarkable journey, her unwavering dedication, and the legacy she leaves behind. Her retirement marks the end of an era in trampoline gymnastics, but her impact on the sport and its community will endure for years to come. Thank you, Samantha, for 17 incredible years of inspiration and excellence. Your favorite part of the game will forever be our favorite part of your incredible journey.