SOARING above Penshaw Monument, trampolinist Kat Driscoll has high hopes that Wearsiders will support the Olympic torch procession.
The 25-year-old, of West Rainton, is jumping for joy after it was revealed the torch will stop off in the city on its 8,000-mile tour of the country next year.
Although precise plans are still to be finalised, London 2012 bosses have revealed that during its tour of the region the iconic flame will pass by Penshaw Monument in June.
Games hopeful Kat said: “It’s fantastic news, because I feel that the North East isn’t going to get as much of a buzz about the Olympics as London is.
“This means people will be able to get a little bit of an experience of what it’s going to be like.
“That’s great for everyone who lives up here.”
Kat is also hoping to leap ahead of the competition at this year’s Trampoline World Championships, as she fights for her dream of becoming an Olympic star.
Already this year she has been crowned number one in her field.
If she wins a top spot at the championships and at the European Championships at Easter, she is well on her way to representing the country in the London Games.
“It’s the height of everyone’s sporting career,” said Kat, who trains at Apollo Trampoline Club, in Washington.
“It’s the one place that not everyone gets to go. It would be a real privilege not just to represent the country, but also to represent Sunderland.”
On Saturday, June 16, the famous flame will pass through the city as part of its tour of the UK.
Sunderland City Council and partners have already started party planning, with events lined up for the run-up, during and after the parade.
Council leader Paul Watson said: “It’s brilliant that we are part of this world event and it’s great to see the flame is coming to Sunderland.
“On the day itself we hope that the people of the city will show the world and the rest of the country how much passion we have for sport, by turning up to watch the procession.
“The fact that we are included in the procession shows we have a sense of belonging and a sense of community, which is great.”
He added that he hopes the procession will also throw the national spotlight on Sunderland.