Olympic Games: Wearside’s Kat Driscoll’s “special feeling” at being off to Rio

Kat Driscoll. Picture by FRANK REID
Kat Driscoll. Picture by FRANK REID
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Kat Driscoll is celebrating reaching her second Olympic Games.

The Wearside trampoline star spoke of the “really special feeling” at being named as one of Team GB’s gymnasts when the British Olympic Association unveiled its side this afternoon at Lilleshall.

I’ll be looking to perform my best and do the country proud

KAT DRISCOLL

Driscoll, from West Rainton, represented her country at London 2012, and has been Britain’s in-form trampolinist over the last year.

The 30-year-old was one of 13 gymnasts selected by the BOA today and says she is excited at the prospect.

“It’s a really special feeling,” said the girl from Washington’s Apollo Club at the media conference.

“I think some people counted me out after London and said I would not be around for this one.

“Being one of the slightly older gymnasts, to achieve this at my age is amazing.

“I’ll be looking to perform my best and do the country proud.”

Driscoll said the preparations had been “good” in the build up to their departure for Brazil.

“We’ll be looking to do what we do every day,” she added.

In the men’s artistic field, world pommel horse champion Max Whitlock returns for his second Olympic Games after claiming double bronze at London 2012 while three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith also returns to Team GB.

Three more of the team that won all-around silver at the World Championships in Glasgow last year are also selected with Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas included alongside Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan who are set for their Olympic Games debuts.

The women’s artistic field comprises five World Championship medallists with Becky Downie returning for her second Games and sister Ellie, a four-time Youth Olympic medallist, set for her first Olympic Games.

There are also Olympic debuts for four-time Commonwealth gold medallist Claudia Fragapane, Amy Tinkler and Ruby Harrold.

On the trampoline, two-time World Champion Driscoll will make her second Olympic appearance while three-time British Champion Bryony Page is also included alongside 2016 British Champion Nathan Bailey.

At London 2012, Team GB picked up four medals with the men’s artistic team taking bronze, Louis Smith winning silver and Max Whitlock bronze on the pommel horse. Beth Tweddle also won bronze on the uneven bars.

The selected athletes are:

Men’s Artistic:

Max Whitlock, 23, hometown Hemel Hempstead

Louis Smith, 27, Peterborough

Nile Wilson, 20, Leeds

Brinn Bevan, 19, Benfleet

Kristian Thomas, 27, Wolverhampton

Women’s Artistic:

Becky Downie, 24, Nottingham

Ellie Downie, 16, Nottingham

Amy Tinkler, 16, Bishop Auckland

Ruby Harrold, 20, Bristol

Claudia Fragapane, 18, Bristol

Trampoline:

Kat Driscoll, 30, West Rainton

Bryony Page, 25, Sheffield

Nathan Bailey, 22, Bournemouth