"Karen Cockburn is by far the best trampoline gymnast ever produced in Canada. In more than 12 years on the national team she has overcome every obstacle, and there have been many, in her rise to the top of the trampoline world. Over the years she achieved outstanding national and international results. Her impact on the sport is unique and she has been a great ambassador for Canada and the sport of trampoline." --Jean-Paul Caron, President & CEO, Gymnastics Canada
"This book is a very interesting project. I am glad to see that one of our best national athletes is receiving such recognition. Karen Cockburn can be compared to Michael Jordan in terms of what she has done in her sport. She is an exceptional and outstanding athlete and a real performer." --Stéphan Duchesne, High Performance Director, Gymnastics Canada
"Karen Cockburn has had a profound affect on the sport of trampoline in Canada ever since she won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the silver medal in Athens in 2004. Her accomplishments helped with the recognition of the sport of trampoline and her profile has brought many more aspiring trampolinists to the clubs in Canada." --Holly Abraham, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Gymnastic Federation
About the Author
Born in Bracebridge, Ontario, Martin Avery studied at the University of Victoria, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, York University New College Writers Workshop, Vermont College of Norwhich University (USA), the University of Toronto, Herstmonceux Castle of Queen' University (England), and the Stratford Campus of UT/OISE, earning a Hons. B.A., B.Ed., Hons. Spec. English, M.F.A. In Writing, A.Q. Drama. He has taught Creative Writing for York University, Georgian College Centauri Arts Retreat, Bridgewater Arts Retreat, TWUC's Writers In The Schools Program, and the WCDR. For two decades, he was a full-time teacher at secondary schools in Ontario -- teaching Writers Craft, English, and Drama -- and was Arts Department Head at a small school in Muskoka. In 2004/2005 he was the first Writer In Residence for the Bracebridge Public Library and is now the Writer In Residence for the Pickering Public Library in Ontario.