GB #1 Trampolinist - Kat Driscoll
Kat Driscoll is a 2012 and 2016 Olympian and is one of Britain’s leading trampoline gymnasts and has been for a number of years. In 2011, Kat finished the season as world number one and she has since won 4 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals at Major Championships. Kat made British history in trampoline gymnastics by qualifying for the final at the Rio Olympic Games, before finishing 6th. Kat recently took home team bronze from the World Championships in Switzerland and is set to compete at a number of Major Competitions in 2018, including two World Cups, the British Championships and the World Championships!
How did you get involved in trampoline gymnastics?
I started when I was 7 years old having found trampolining through a local leisure center school holiday activity program. I knew absolutely nothing about it when I started but just love the feeling and buzz I got from jumping around. It wasn’t even an Olympic sport when I first started it.
Do you have an athlete role model who inspires you?
Growing up I looked up to one of our GB senior athletes called Andrea Holmes, I loved everything about what she did and had achieved and then as I continued in the sport I love to watch and was in awe of Jaime Moore, who was our first female GB Olympian.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking up trampoline gymnastics?
I think I'd just say have fun with it. I love my sport as much now as I did as a kid. Always dream big and aim high. If you like a sport with a big adrenaline rush but a sport that is also graceful then give this one a go!
You have over a decade of successes in trampoline gymnastics – what has been your most memorable achievement in the sport?
I've been on the national team for trampoline since 1998 – so its been a while! I think I'd still say that competing at a home Olympic Games in London 2012 will always been the thing I'm most proud of. To deal with all the intensity of qualifying for that and then performing in front of 16,000 people at the O2 arena so confidently always makes me very proud.
What are your aspirations in trampoline gymnastics in 2018 and beyond?
My goals at the start of 2018 were to medal at the European Championships and then make the final at the World Championships and push to see how close to an individual medal I could get. I’m half way there after finishing 3rd the European Champs, so now all focus goes into the World Champs in November.
What motivates you to keep working towards perfection in your trampoline routines?
I just love the challenge of trying to improve myself every day. There such fine margins in my sport between great and failure that, that alone motivates me. I just love the feeling of defying gravity and for as long as I have that feeling I'll keep pushing myself to see where my limits are and how good I can be. I try to keep pushing my own boundaries as I have no idea how far I can go and try not to cap myself.
How important is physical training and nutrition in trampoline gymnastics?
They are both super important. I train more time off the gym on my physical preparations than I do on the trampoline now. I need to make my body as strong and lean as I can to enable my body to withhold the demands of my sport. Each jump we are working something like 12x body weight at the very bottom of the trampoline so it is so important we are strong enough to be able to cope with that. The leg muscle can fatigue quickly during training sessions so it so important that we fuel our body to be able to help us train for longer without depleting our energy stores.
How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
I heard about it through reading other athletes' stories and reading the things they do to help them in training and competitions. I think any athlete that is serious about wanting to improve themselves and try and get any small gains will do their research and look for new things - that’s what I did and its been great!
Do you notice a benefit from consuming Beet It Sport?
Yes definitely. I use Beet It Sport before training as the nitrates allow for more blood and oxygen get to the muscles, which in turn is helping me be able to train more effectively.