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London 2012 Olympics: Kat Driscoll has eyes set on making Olympic Games trampoline history

Kat Driscoll
Kat Driscoll

by Alex Hoad at the Olympic Games

Trampoline star Kat Driscoll has her eyes on making history when she makes her Olympic Games debut on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Walderslade-born star, a former member of Lordswood Leapers and Gillingham Jumpers, secured Britain’s sole trampoling place at these Games by reaching the World Championship Final in Birmingham last year.

She then made it her own by holding off competition from the country’s top trampolinists in a series of four qualification trials, eventually securing her place in TeamGB in June.

The former Rochester Grammar School for Girls was ranked World No1 as recently as six months ago, however she knows the standard in the Olympic Games will be high, with the 16-best jumpers in the world going head-to-head, with the top eight going through to the final.

No British woman has ever made an Olympic final, with the best finish the 10th claimed by Claire Wright in Beijing four years ago.

Driscoll - now based in the north-east - said: “My training feels good and I feel confident but I do know there are better gymnasts than me out there.

"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."

She added: "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 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 said she hoped to emulate the success of the GB men’s gymnastics team, who claimed a dramatic bronze at the North Greenwich Arena on Monday evening, the first British Olympic team medal in the men's event for a century.

She revealed: “It was huge, 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."

The qualification round begins at 2pm, with each jumper performing two routines, while the final follows at 3.30pm.

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