KAT DRISCOLL’S wait to be confirmed as an Olympian is over after the trampolinist was unveiled as a member of Team GB.
The West Rainton-based 26-year-old effectively sealed her spot at the games last month when she triumphed at the British trials in Liverpool.
But Driscoll wasn’t officially named as an Olympian until yesterday afternoon after she was included in British Gymnastics’ 18-strong squad for London.
The British number one, who will now bid to become Britain’s first ever medallist in trampolining, admits she can now revel in the build-up to the Olympics after being forced to remain subdued about her impending inclusion.
Driscoll, who trains at Washington Leisure Centre, said: “It’s been a weird few weeks because I knew I’d qualified at the final trial but I wasn’t able to say anything until the team was officially confirmed.
“You kind of have to forget about it all and just get on with your normal training.
“Now it’s all official, I can start to get excited. On Tuesday, I found myself sitting smiling thinking, ‘Tomorrow I can really shout about this’.
“It’s really hard when you see all the tweets about Team GB announcing new members, but it isn’t you.
“It’s all worth it now though and because we’ve been able to announce the whole gymnastics squad together, it’s been worth the wait.”
She added: “This is my first games so I don’t know really know what to expect.
“But I’ve trained really hard and I’m really happy to be representing Team GB.”