GREAT BRITAIN trampolinist Kat Driscoll is preparing for the competition of her life and hopes to emulate the success of the Olympic bronze-winning men’s gymnastics team.
The 26-year-old from West Rainton was ranked number one in the world last year, but knows she will need to produce her absolute best in order to make it into the competition’s final tomorrow.
If Kat, who trains at the Apollo trampolining club in Washington, can achieve that it would be the best result by a British women’s trampolinist at an Olympic Games after Claire Wright finished 10th in Beijing.
“My training feels good and I feel confident, but I do know there are better gymnasts than me out there,” Driscoll said.
“I would have to deliver the best performance of my life to get a medal, but I’m training the best I’ve ever trained.
“Initially I just said I wanted to get off the trampoline and be happy with the two routines I’d done because if I’d done two routines and was happy then there’s nothing more I could have done.
“Hopefully that would be enough to reach the top eight as no British female has done that yet.
“It would be nice to do that as it would be a bit of history made then.”
Driscoll admits she was inspired by the men’s team of Louis Smith, Daniel Purvis, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Sam Oldham, who won Britain’s first Olympic team medal in the men’s event for a century on Monday night.
“It was huge,” Driscoll said. “Being in the arena and witnessing that and being part of that was fantastic.
“I had training the next morning, but getting up and going to training was the easiest training session I’ve had.
“It was fantastic to witness history being made and boys from your sport getting medals.”
Sixteen women will compete in the trampoline competition on Saturday with qualification and finals all happening on the same day at the North Greenwich Arena.
Until two years ago, Driscoll worked full-time at bank in the centre of Durham, before funding from UK Sport allowed her to concentrate solely on her gymnastics.
But less than a week ago she walked out into a packed Olympic stadium to a thunderous reception at the opening ceremony.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “It was more than I thought it was going to be.
“The build-up from the moment where we were in the apartments, walking around and the cheers were getting louder and louder as we were moving around the park.
“Then, on the walk up it was amazing. Kids were lined up all the way chanting ‘Team GB’ and then as soon as we came around the corner and you could see the entrance where you came in, everyone started getting excited.
“Chris (Hoy) was waving the flag around and that first initial moment of walking in was my best moment so far.”