May 9 2013

It's official. Springfree Trampoline is still the innovator

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Springfree? Trampoline is jumping for joy over today's announcement that its innovative new model has been awarded a Good Design Australia gong and is now a finalist in the 2013 Australian International Design Awards.

The new model, known as Springfree? Trampoline M18, is a novel crossover product that combines all the award-winning signature design elements that have made its Springfree Trampoline 'big cousins' the leaders in the Australian trampoline market.

At a compact 160cm x 116cm and with its mat surface low to the ground, the M18 can be cleverly used inside the home or outside. Add the snap-on enclosure and the M18 is a safe and fun indoor trampoline for children. Take the enclosure off and the M18 provides the perfect rebound platform for use by adults in gyms and fitness centres or at home. Its compact size also allows the M18 to be utilised by physiotherapists, other medical specialists and professional sports trainers as an unstable surface for rehabilitation exercises and other coaching.

"Springfree Trampoline is really excited to see the M18 named one of Australia's best sport and leisure designs this year," Springfree Trampoline spokesperson Sofia Bjorklund said.

"This announcement caps off a particularly special time for our business. We were recently named by independent watchdog organisation CHOICE as the only safe and recommended trampoline out of the 12 Australian brands tested and we are also celebrating our 10th anniversary as a global business this year."

Ms Bjorklund said the Springfree Trampoline team was constantly looking for ways to make exercise safer and recognised a need for innovation in the area of rebounders.

"The M18's large rectangular mat makes available a huge number of options previously not possible on old-style rebounders. The patent-pending 'flatbar' technology allows for a range of different configurations and by utilising the patented SoftEdge technology developed by Springfree Trampoline, there is no risk of feet being trapped in springs, the whole generous surface area is utilised, and the bounce is silent."

It's been 10 years since the world of trampolining was revolutionised by a New Zealand father of three who simply wanted to make sure his children were safe while they enjoyed a backyard bounce. That dad, Dr Keith Alexander (a Professor of Mechanical Engineering to boot), set off on what would become a 15-year research project into trampoline injury prevention. At the end of the project in 2003, the original Springfree? Trampoline was unveiled. It was the first in the world to be literally 'spring free'.

Many of the design features that made the M18 stand out to judges were the same features that, for the past decade, have made Springfree Trampoline the preferred choice among parents seeking the highest quality and utmost safety for their children: no springs or hard frame at the jumping surface, no risk of falls to the ground and no risk of falls onto rigid enclosure poles.

The M18 is currently available for sale in Asia and will be launched in New Zealand in June and available in Australia early 2014.

Presented by Good Design Australia, the Australian International Design Awards are one of the longest standing and most prestigious design awards in the world. Category winners and Australia's highest design honour C Design Award of the Year C will be announced in Sydney on May 30.