Pettit to control nerves on AYOF bow

18 January 2013 / 23:01

Megan Pettit admits she will have to keep tabs on her emotions as she gets ready to compete in the trampoline events at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Pettit was crowned British under-17 and synchronised under-19 champion in 2012 as well as claiming a bronze from April's European Championships in Russia.

And, while revealing that she has been jumping for joy ever since being selected for the Festival in Sydney, Pettit insists she must keep her nerves in check.

"I have been looking forward to it since I found out I would be going and I just can't wait to compete now," said Pettit.

"We heard about it during last season and as soon as I heard that it was a possibility I worked hard to get there and I am so glad it worked out.

"If it is a big competition then I do get a bit nervous and the Australia Youth Olympic Festival definitely is a big competition but hopefully I can stay calm and relaxed.

"The main thing I want to take from it is just a lot of experience, how to cope with the stress and just learn as much as I can."

Pettit was an avid viewer as she watched Britain's Kat Driscoll finish ninth in the individual trampoline event at London 2012 Olympics last summer.

And, with Pettit about to get her own taste of Olympic action, she admits her mind is racing at just what her future might hold.

"I don't really know who I will be up against and it is all a bit of a new experience really but one I am looking forward to," she added.

"It is also going to be a good insight into the senior Olympics and it shows me that I am heading in the right direction and that is an exciting thing too.

"I have represented Great Britain before but never in a multi-sport event so that is something new and a good experience."

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