George Watson’s pupil Caitlin O’Brien has received the perfect boost after being selected for the GB National Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) squad ahead of the World Championships in Florida next year.
The 16-year-old, pictured right, trains with the City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club (CETC) and became active in the sport six years ago after switching from gymnastics.
DMT is one of three disciplines in trampolining, with particular attention on speed, agility and coordination throughout the routine.
Caitlin, the only girl from Scotland to have been put forward, has an opportunity to showcase her ability to the GB coaches as she travels to Lilleshall in Shropshire later this month for arguably the biggest challenge of her career.
Should she impress, she will likely fly to Portugal in September with the national squad to compete in the Loule Cup, in which she won silver last year with CETC.
CETC head coach Lauren Jeffrey broke the surprise to a startled Caitlin, who said: “I’m really proud and excited to be chosen. Lauren sat everyone down with all the parents and announced I’d been picked. I had no idea and didn’t even think it was a possibility so it was a bit of a shock!
“It would be such an honour to make the team. I’ve never done anything like this before so it will be a big test. There’s a lot of training and hard work ahead, though, before I can even think about the World Championships next year.
“But we’ve got the British finals in Liverpool with the club in September as well so there’s that to look forward to.
“All the coaches at the club are so passionate, it makes me want to do better.”
Jeffrey is confident Caitlin can make the grade and earn her GB selection for Portugal and the World Championships.
She said: “The club are very proud of Caitlin’s selection announcement and we wish her the best of luck training towards the targets set for the World Championships. This news has inspired the whole club and will allow us to keep pushing forward on the Scottish, British and international stage.”