Driscoll dreams of emulating gymnasts

01 August 2012 / 16:28

Great Britain trampolinist Kat Driscoll is preparing for the competition of her life and hopes to emulate the success of the Olympic bronze-winning men's gymnastics team.

The 26-year-old who trains at Apollo trampolining club in Tyne and Wear, was ranked number one in the world last year but knows she will need to produce her absolute best in order to make it into the competition's final.

If Driscoll can achieve that it would be the best result by a British women's trampolinist at an Olympic Games after Claire Wright finished 10th in Beijing.

"My training feels good and I feel confident but I do know there are better gymnasts than me out there," Driscoll told Press Association Sport.

"I would have to deliver the best performance of my life to get a medal but I'm training the best I've ever trained.

"Initially I just said I wanted to get off the trampoline and be happy with the two routines I'd done because if I'd done two routines and was happy then there's nothing more I could have done. Hopefully that would be enough to reach the top eight [in an Olympic Games] as no British female has done that yet.

"It would be nice to do that as it would be a bit of history made then."

Driscoll admits she was inspired by the men's team of Louis Smith, Daniel Purvis, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Sam Oldham, who won Britain's first Olympic team medal in the men's event for a century on Monday night.

"It was huge," Driscoll said. "Being in the arena and witnessing that and being part of that was fantastic. I had training the next morning but getting up and going to training was the easiest training session I've had. It was fantastic to witness history being made and boys from your sport getting medals."

Sixteen women will compete in the trampoline competition on Saturday with qualification and finals all happening on the same day at the North Greenwich Arena.