NANTWICH trampolinist Bryony Page hopes to be back to full fitness before September’s national championships after ankle surgery.
The 26-year-old, who shocked the world by winning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, went under the knife to correct a long-standing problem upon returning to Britain.
She admits her recovery hasn’t really gone to plan but is hopeful of a quick return to action.
“It did not go as well as I’d hoped, not the surgery but the healing process,” she said.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do to get up to physical fitness again.
“I’ve had to kind of downgrade my training and contact time on the trampoline. It’s been frustrating not being able to be on the trampoline as much as I’ve wanted to.
“But the silver lining is that I’ve been able to focus on the psychology and strength and conditioning side of things.
“We have British Nationals in September and World Championships in November, so I’d really like to be back to peak performance by then, they are my big goals of the year.
“Obviously I want to be back into competition earlier, if I can, and gets lots of competition experience under the belt with new routines.”
Page helped to present medals to winners at the BUCS Nationals event in Sheffield, including elite champion Zainub Akbar.
“At the moment it is quite exciting because we get to build up new routines for a new code of points,” she said.
“It’s an exciting time for trampolining and I’m looking forward to competing again.”
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions across 52 different sports. BUCS Nationals is the UK’s largest annual multi-sport event, bringing over 6,000 athletes to Sheffield to compete in 9 sports.