Great Britain’s trampoline team have been finalising their preparations for the World Championships at the University of Bath this week.
The strong team of athletes plus their coaching team held a preparation camp at the Sports Training Village ahead of the World Championships, which take place in St Petersburg, Russia from 11 to 14 November.
The championships are the first in a new Olympic cycle that will culminate at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Georgina Sharples, British Gymnastics’ Programme Director of Trampoline Gymnastics, said: “It’s gone incredibly well. It’s been an ideal venue for us to prepare for the World Championships and everyone is in good spirits.
“It’s a multi-sport environment with everything under one roof, but where we can still do our own preparation,” she added. “It’s got a great feel to it.
“We’ve got a young team and we’re looking to work our way up the rankings towards London 2012. This is the first stepping stone,” she added,
Team coach Tracy Whittaker-Smith said: “We arrived on Sunday night and to see hundreds of people playing sport here on a Sunday evening was quite special.
“The facilities are awesome, there’s a really special feel to it,” she added. “The staff have been really helpful and everything we have asked for has been catered for, which is really positive.”
The group also enjoyed seeing the sights of Bath. “We’re already planning to come back with some friends to do some Christmas shopping,” added Tracey.
The British team preparing to compete in St Petersburg is:
Individual women – Kat Driscoll, Amanda Parker, Jaime Moore, Laura Gallagher
Synchro Women – Kat Driscoll and Cara Jamieson.
Only Kat Driscoll has competed at a World Championships before.
The team trained in the main sports hall and fitness suite, and also used the hydrotherapy pool and sauna. The proximity of medical support through the English Institute of Sport also influenced their decision to train in Bath.
Trampolining has featured on the Olympic programme since the Sydney 2000 Games and makes its fourth appearance at 2012.
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