The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) European Championships get underway tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan with junior and senior gymnasts in action representing Team GB.
Taking place from the 12th-15th April, you can follow the entire competition, including live scores, by going to the stream supplied by UEG.
Before they flew out to Baku, we caught up with the quartet of trampoline gymnasts set to compete. Here’s what they had to say;
Kat Driscoll: "I’m very excited. It’s been a good year. I’ve probably had the best year for how my body feels, how my mind has been. I feel really focussed on what I need to achieve and I’ve been enjoying training. I’m starting to feel the benefit from the big block of training we had at the start of the year."
Izzy Songhurst: "It makes a lot of difference, this being my second major championships. I’d be really happy with a semi-final and I want to try and push for the finals, but a top 12, top 10 would be great and I definitely think that’s achievable. I like trying to aim high, so I think pushing myself to achieve big things is always something I’m going to do."
Nathan Bailey: "There’s not many changes (to my routine). In my first routine I’ve changed the shape of one of my skills but pretty much it’s the same routines that I did last year, but focussing on making them better, getting more height and scoring more. Medals are always what I’m aiming for during preparations so I’ve got that in the back of my mind."
Luke Strong: "I want to finish all routines that I have to compete, that’s the first aim, and then I would love to make the final. If I can get in to the final, anything can happen, so I want to give myself a chance. It does help a bit that I’ve been there and done it before but I’ll just be trying to focus on my routines and my own performances."
Unfortunately trampoline gymnast Isabelle Songhurst has had to withdraw from the European Championships due to injury sustained in training at the competition venue. Izzy will be working with our medical staff and we all wish her a speedy recovery.
The senior tumbling team includes former and current World medallists as well as current British champions. Elliot Browne, Kristof Willerton, Greg Townley and Kallum Mulhall with compete in the men's competition, with Lucie Colebeck joined by Megan Kealy, Rachel Davies and Shanice Davison in the women's competition.
The senior DMT team includes Oliver Paradise in the senior men's competition, with Kirsty Way, Ruth Shevelan, Phoebe Williams and Caitlin O'Brien in the women's event.
Some of our future champions will also be in action in the junior competitions.
Don’t forget, you can follow the whole competition alongside live scores courtesy of the UEG live stream.
Full schedule (UK time)
Thursday 12th April 2018
9.00 – 14.50 TRA – Qualifications juniors
9.00 – 14.50 DMT/TUM – Qualifications seniors
15.15 – 16.00 Opening Ceremony
16.00 – 17.00 TRA – Team Finals juniors
17.00 – 17.15 Award Ceremony TRA Teams juniors
Friday 13th April 2018
9.00 – 14.50 TRA – Qualifications seniors
9.00 – 14.00 DMT – Qualifications juniors
9.00 – 14.50 TUM – Qualifications juniors
15.30 – 16.50 DMT / TUM – Team Finals juniors
16.50 – 17.50 TRA – Team Finals seniors
17.50 – 18.20 Award Ceremony DMT/TUM Teams juniors & TRA Teams seniors
Saturday 14th April 2018
8.00 – 10.30 TRS – Qualifications juniors
10.30 – 12.10 TRS – Qualifications seniors
12.30 – 13.50 DMT/TUM – Team Finals seniors
13.50 – 14.20 Award Ceremony - DMT/TUM Teams seniors
14.40 – 16.00 TRA – Semi-Finals juniors
16.00 – 17.20 TRA – Semi-Finals seniors
Sunday 15th April 2018
9.00 – 9.30 DMT Girls/TUM Boys – Finals juniors
9.30 – 10.00 TRS – Finals juniors
10.00 – 10.20 Award Ceremony - DMT Girls/TUM Boys juniors & TRS juniors
10.20 – 10.50 DMT Boys/TUM Girls – Finals juniors
10.50 – 11.20 TRS – Finals seniors
11.20 – 11.40 Award Ceremony - DMT Boys/TUM Girls – Finals juniors & TRS seniors
12.30 – 13.00 DMT Women/TUM Men – Finals seniors
13.00 – 13.30 TRA – Finals juniors
13.30 – 13.50 Award Ceremony - DMT Women/TUM Men seniors & TRA juniors
13.50 – 14.20 DMT Men / TUM Women – Finals seniors
14.20 – 14.50 TRA Finals seniors
14.50 – 15.10 Award Ceremony - DMT Men / TUM Women seniors & TRA seniors
15.10 – 15.25 Closing Ceremony