Bryony Page has secured vital Olympic qualification points for the British team at the Trampoline World Cup in Russia, with a 4th place finish.
Having successfully made it through to the final in sixth place, Bryony executed her final routine brilliantly to finish in fourth place with a score of 55.718.
Posting on her Instagram account, Bryony said: “I don’t normally say it, but I feel pretty proud of myself this weekend. Almost all of my time in Russia has been spent resting in bed with tonsillitis trying to allow my body time to fight off the infection and reduce fatigue; as a result, I had to amend my training plan, reduce my training volume and rely massively on experience, visualisation and psychological preparation.
“The morning of prelims, I wasn’t sure I was going to be physically healthy enough to get through a routine and I also doubted if I could mentally get myself in a position to accept the pain and fatigue and perform how I wanted to. But after a power talk with Paul Greaves, listening to some uplifting music and a small dose of mindfulness, a thought stuck with me – I have the best job in the world (call me biased) and there is nothing else I would want to be doing – and passion (plus competition nerves/adrenaline) carried me through. It took all the pressure off and I focused on just giving it my best shot and enjoying it. A few hours competing later and then I could return to my cosy bed.
“I was super happy to have completed my routines and to make the final, and then to perform a solid routine in the final too! Although I know my routines could have been better, I’m really, really happy with the outcome of this competition!”
The World Cup was the third out of six in the series, with each event giving gymnasts the opportunity to earn points that go towards qualifying their nation a place at the 2020 Olympic Games. A gymnast’s four best results will give their final points tally, with the top 14 qualifying a place for their nation to Tokyo.
Points were on offer for all gymnasts that finished from 1st to 30th, and in the women’s competition, all of our gymnasts did just that.
In a strong field, Kat Driscoll did well to finish in 14th place, Isabelle Songhurst 21st and Laura Gallagher 24th.
In the men’s competition Corey Walkes topped the scoring for the GB team finishing in 25th, just ahead of his teammate Luke Strong in 26th, with Nathan Bailey agonisingly outside of the points in 31st.
Congratulations to all of our gymnasts and coaches.