Baku 2015: Driscoll keen to embrace multi-sport experience

The last time Kat Driscoll got the chance to compete at a multi-sport event was back in 2013 where she came away from the World Games in Cali with synchro gold.

That was a year after she narrowly missed out on a spot in the final at London 2012 but since then multi-sports events have been few and far between.

It is a trend that is particularly prevalent in British trampolining with the sport not forming part of the Commonwealth Games.

But on the eve of competing at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Driscoll faces the prospect of two multi-sport events in little more than a year.

And, while Rio 2016 is the ultimate aim for the 29-year-old, she believes the experience in Azerbaijan could prove invaluable.

“The great thing about Baku is that it is a multi sport event and it is not often that you get the chance to be a part of something like that,” she said.

“You don’t want to go to an Olympics and be figuring the environment out, it helps so much if you’ve been there before and done it.

“We are not part of the Commonwealth Games as a sport so for us things like this really don’t come around too often.

“It’s really important to get used to that environment so for me it is perfect preparation for Rio.

“Baku is a good chance for me to get out there and perform and just do what I need to do.

“I would like to think that I am in a position where I can go there and come away with a medal to my name.”

It is set to be a busy year for Driscoll with Baku next on the horizon followed by the World Championships later in the year.

And it is those Championships in Odense, Denmark, that will prove vital for Driscoll as she looks to secure her spot in Brazil next summer.

“It’s going to be a bit of an odd year because we will build up to Baku and then have some down time before building back up for the World Championships,” she added.

“For this point in the year I feel great and I think there is plenty of time to improve as the year goes on as well.

“The worlds is a big focus but then obviously Rio is on the horizon and it is impossible to ignore that.

“It’s a weird balance because you can’t get ahead of yourself and start thinking too much about the Olympics.

“But at the same time it has to be in the back of your mind because it is about qualifying at Worlds and then going there prepared.

“First is Baku though and it would absolutely fantastic if I could go there and get a medal, especially given that it is the first Games.”

© Sportsbeat 2015