Only a couple of months ago, Rachel Davies won the British tumbling title in Birmingham. Next week, she’ll be going all out for success of the biggest stage of all, as the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships get underway in St Petersburgh, Russia.
Rachel is no stranger to the world stage having represented GBR for a number of years, and she’s excited to get out to Russia to test herself once more.
We caught up with Rachel ahead of the World Championships…
In recent years the tumbling team have had success at both European and World level. Does that bring additional pressure this time around?
“I think in a way it does add additional pressure as there’s a certain expectation of us now as a team that we will always want to live up to in competitions. The main thing is to use this pressure positively, not let it get to us, and just focus on what we have to do.”
How has winning gold at the British Championships helped with your preparation for the Worlds?
“Winning gold a few weeks ago has really motivated me to push hard in training so that when I arrive at the World Championships I’m even more prepared than I was for the British. The win has enabled me to feel really positive in training and I'm looking forward to getting back on the competition floor in Russia.”
What are your hopes personally and hopes for the team at the World Championships?
“My personal aim is to put out two clean runs in qualification and hopefully do enough to make the final. Due to the two per country rule, only two people from the team can qualify, but we all have the capability to do it. I think that whoever makes the final can be challenging the other nations for top places.”
What’s it like being part of this GB team and what’s the best part of it?
“It’s a pleasure to be part of such a strong team. We know when to support and encourage each other but also when to have a laugh. We’ve all known each other for so long that I’d say the best part of being in the team is the family feel it has to it now.”
The World Championships begin on Wednesday 7th November, running until Saturday 10th November. Follow our social media channels for regular updates during competition.