Top Kat is flying, but she faces a fight to make Rio Olympics

Great Britain trampolinist Kat Driscoll, who finished seventh at the World Championsihps  in Denmark. Picture by Tim Richardson
Great Britain trampolinist Kat Driscoll, who finished seventh at the World Championsihps in Denmark. Picture by Tim Richardson
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Kat Driscoll is back home and enjoying a well-deserved week off.

For next Monday, the Great Britain trampolinist starts a long journey towards Rio and the 2016 Olympics.

Kat Driscoll

Kat Driscoll

Proof – if any was necessary given her outstanding career at the top of the sport – came at the weekend when she finished seventh at the World Championships.

Driscoll finished seventh in the women’s individual trampoline world final in Denmark.

That success, alongside team-mate Bryony Page’s fifth place, helped secure the maximum two spots for British women at the Olympics next year.

But our local hero is not on the plane to Rio just yet – she still has to earn her spot on Team GB.

It is hard to believe that she will miss out – in football parlance it would be like Jermain Defoe scoring a hat-trick in the FA Cup semi-final but then Sunderland saying ‘but you are not going to Wembley for the final’,

However, Driscoll, from West Rainton, who trains at the Apollo club in Washington, says she will be giving it her all to reach her second Olympics.

“I’ve got this week off,” she smiled as she perched on one of the trampolines at the state-of-the-art Washington Leisure Centre.

“We are then back in the gym working hard.

“We’ll be monitored in every training session and evaluate in every competition we go to.

“That is how they are going to pick the team and I can’t afford to have a bad day between now and the end of Rio.

“All we’ve done is qualify Britain for two places.

“Me and Bryony and the other girls have to go through the selection process.

“I do feel as though I am in a really good place.

“I delivered what I was looking to do at the World Championships, I have a lot of results in the past that are going to help me.

“I feel I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I have lots to build on –I’m just desperate to get that ticket.

“I will be doing whatever it takes between now and then to make sure I’m on that plane.”

It would be astounding were the 29-year-old, who is trained by her husband, former GB international Gary Short, were not to make it.

Driscoll is class with a capital C and has a wealth of experience behind her and a cupboard full of medals, including silver at the European Games in the summer.

But she is taking nothing for granted. “There are five of us on the senior GB team, who are all kind of at the same level,” she told the Echo. “It depends who can compete the bestwhen they need to.

“There are World Cups in March and May and the European Championships in March-April and then the British Championships in July.

“The team will be announced after all those.”

Watch out for Kat’s name being on it!