Driscoll’s wait for Olympic spot to be made official

Kat Driscoll
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KAT DRISCOLL will have to wait until next month before her Olympic spot is etched in stone.

The West Rainton-based trampolinist became Wearside’s first confirmed participant in London 2012 at the weekend when she prevailed in the final qualifying event for the games.

Driscoll will be Britain’s sole representative in trampolining after finishing as the nation’s top performer in three of the four events which determined the selection process.

But the 26-year-old is yet to be confirmed by Team GB and won’t be officially unveiled as an Olympian until the team announcement on July 4.

That won’t affect Driscoll’s selection though and the Kent-born British number one admits she is still savouring a sense of relief after holding her nerve in Saturday’s domestic trials in Liverpool to beat nearest rivals Amanda Parker and Laura Gallagher.

Driscoll (pictured) told the Echo: “Our selection process has come to an end now and my scores place me at the top of the leaderboard so I expect to be nominated to Team GB.

“The competition at the weekend was very nervy. I felt confident and calm, but you could feel the tension building in the room.

“There were a lot of spectators and they created an awesome atmosphere for all of us.

“It was a very close competition score-wise and that also added to the tension.

“But, ultimately, that is what you want at the last Olympic trial, to ensure you get the best person going to the games.”

Driscoll, who trains at Washington Leisure Centre, will now bid to become Britain’s first ever medallist in trampolining.