Our senior trampoline squad dropped in to Oxygen Airspace in Wolverhampton this week to meet local children ahead of the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships, which take place a few miles down the road at Arena Birmingham on 22-23rd September.
Bryony, Britain’s first ever Olympic trampoline medallist, has been battling injuries and the 2018 British Championships will be her first major competition on home soil since that life-changing day in Rio two years ago.
She said:“To be able to compete at the Birmingham Arena and have the crowd there that’s been so supportive of me and wanting me to come back is going to be incredible. When it comes to the senior men and ladies we’ve got a really strong team that’s pushing at world level."
Two-time Olympian Kat added “I’m really excited that the British Championships are coming closer, it’s one of those big competitions we work for every year. It’s probably the most important competition we do before the World Championships so we’ve all been training hard for it and you just want to get out there and show everyone all you hard work and what you’ve been training to do. When we go and we deliver we’re not just fighting for a British title we’re fighting for a place on that Worlds team as well. This one’s definitely going to be important and it’s going to count.”
In the men’s competition one of the main battles is likely to see three-time British champion Luke Strong go head-to-head with two-time national champion Nathan Bailey, and both are looking forward to the challenge.
Luke said: “Obviously the past few years this event has been in my home city of Liverpool which has been great, but the first time I ever did a British Championships was in what was once called the NIA so I’m excited to go back. It’s been a few years but I always enjoyed the competition in Birmingham and am excited to get back there and compete.”
Nathan said: “The British Championships is a very tough competition and with the World Championships just after it’s great preparation for that as well. We’ve all been training hard to make sure we’re in top shape and ready to go.”
The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships take place at Arena Birmingham on 22-23rd September. Tickets are available from www.theticketfactory.com