Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline World Championships. Great Britain qualified three places in the women's trampoline semi-finals and two women's tumbling final spots.
Less than two years out from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the women's trampoline team looked extremely strong in qualifications with all three gymnasts making the top 24 and reaching the semi-final.
Current British Champion Bryony Page looked extremely relaxed yet focussed as she entered the arena and this approach clearly paid off as she executed two impressive routines to easily make the semi-final in 7th place with 101.275. 2012 Olympian Kat Driscoll began well but it in her voluntary routine, her cool head and experience proved to be vital as she expertly saved the routine early on. Kat finished in 9th with 100.385. Pamela Clark, who is competing in her first senior World Championships here in Daytona, had some travelling on the trampoline bed but she completed two solid performances to make the semi-final in 17th with 96.900.
Bryony: "I actually felt less nervous today than going into the training sessions. I just felt really chilled and when I got onto the trampoline I just relaxed. Adrenaline kicked in just when I needed it and although the first couple skills for each routine had little mistakes in it helped me keep focused. I'm just so happy I get to compete in the semi-finals, it will be my first time!"
Kat: "It was strange; I woke up this morning with a bit of a smile because we couldn't have done any more in training. Preparation has been good, the teams been doing really well and you can feel the buzz. In my second routine, I think it showed that I was the most composed I have ever been, as I made a mistake and was able to correct it quickly and carry on with the routine."
Pam: "I was pleased with my set routine but I was a little disappointed with my voluntary. Fingers crossed I can do it better in the semi-final! My preparation has been going well but I didn't know what to expect as a first year senior. I got through it though and I'm happy."
All three girls will now look to make the top eight when they compete in the semi-final (8th Nov 21:45 - 23:00 UK time) in a bid to make the final (9th Nov 1:45 - 2:15 UK time).
In the women’s tumbling, reigning British Champion Lucie Colebeck started off strongly in a final that saw many gymnasts unable to complete their passes. She looked confident as she powered her way to 68.400, 2nd place and a spot in the final. 2013 World Games silver medallist Rachael Letsche struggled with momentum in her first pass but she still completed the run and put in an impressive second performance to score 63.300 and take 8th place and the last spot in the final. After struggling with a minor injury, Heather Cowell was extremely tough and performed two clean passes to score 59.900 and take 13th place.
Lucie and Rachael will be in action in the women’s tumbling final in the early hours of Sunday 9th at 00:30 - 1:00 UK time.
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