Old Bloke versus Olympian
One of my highlights of the 2016 Rio Olympics was the trampoline silver medal won by Bryony Page, the first Olympic medal of any colour for a British athlete in the sport. Meeting a Rio medallist was one of my 100 “challenges” and I was thrilled to have the chance to spend a couple of hours chatting to Bryony at her training base in Sheffield in early 2018. She took a real interest in what I had been doing, but it was fascinating to hear about Bryony’s incredible Olympic experience first-hand. Her story is amazing – if you have ten minutes to spare, watch this video – it’s both moving and truly inspiring.
Bryony and I have kept in touch and she’s asked if I can think up a challenge we can do together. Obviously 2020 is an Olympic year and all Bryony’s focus will be on making the British squad for Tokyo and hopefully producing another outstanding routine; but sometime in the autumn might be possible. I have attempted the “Old bloke versus Olympian” challenge before – a swimming “race” against Chris Cook (who finished sixth as part of the GB 4x100m medley relay squad in Beijing). It’s safe to say it didn’t end well (for the old bloke), so if Bryony and I manage to get something arranged, I can guarantee it won’t involve a trampoline.