KAT Driscoll is a world champion!
The 27-year-old from West Rainton was part of the Great Britain women’s team that won senior gold at the 29th world trampoline gymnastics championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, yesterday.
The London 2012 Olympian, who trains at the Apollo club in Washington, teamed up with Laura Gallagher (Somerset), Bryony Page (Sheffield) and Emma Smith (Liverpool) to emerge triumphant in the final.
It is the first time that Great Britain’s women have won a world trampoline team title in 21 years, and makes them World and European champions.
Britain entered the final in second place behind the defending champions China.
Britain led from their first performer, Emma Smith, who scored 55.840, followed by Laura Gallagher (55.280), with Driscoll bringing the team home with a score of 53.725.
China struggled to keep up the pace as He Wenna, who competed after Smith, was outscored by Smith by a margin of 0.06 – while Zhong Xingping and Li Dan failed to complete their routines to drop out of contention, finally finishing fifth.
Britain triumphed with a total score of 164.845. Canada (159.995) claimed silver, with Belarus claiming the bronze medal.
Driscoll, a former world ranked No 1, said: “It’s incredible. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.
“We’re all a bit emotional and can’t stop smiling.
“We’ve worked together so hard over the past two or three years, so it’s good that we can get some kind of acknowledgement for all of the hard work we’ve put in individually.”
Tracy Whittaker-Smith, the Great Britain women’s trampoline coach, added: “It’s a great achievement. It’s the culmination of the fantastic work to the team’s personal coaches, the whole team involved at Lilleshall and EIS, as well as the support staff.
“A fantastic job all round, which is why the team delivered like they did.”