A gymnast from Cheshire produced the performance of her life to win a stunning silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Bryony Page, 25, from Wrenbury near Nantwich, rose to the occasion on the biggest stage of all to finish second in a nail-biting trampoline final on Friday evening (August 12).
The former Brine Leas pupil and Malbank sixth-former qualified in seventh place but held her nerve in a stylish routine plenty of difficulty to finish just behind the Canadian defending champion Rosannagh Maclennan. She was only pipped to gold by 0.425 points.
It was the superb, near faultless execution which earned Great Britain – who had never had a female in the final before – their first ever medal in the discipline.
Bryony said: “It was amazing, a very special moment
"It feels absolutely amazing, I can’t believe it. I’m just so happy. I just can’t believe I have an Olympic medal, I’m speechless, I can’t believe it.
"I’m so happy to have shared it with Kat (Driscoll, GB teammate). To have got one person in the final would have made history but we got two. And then to get an Olympic medal is just absolutely incredible, just wow.
"I had no idea my routine was a potential medal, but it was the best I could have done, that’s why I was so happy. I just wanted to go out there and smash it, I did that and I was just so happy that all the hard training and all the hard work has paid off for an Olympic silver medal.”
Bryony, a three-time British champion, competed for the Nantwich-based Aerodynamics club before getting a sports scholarship at the University of Sheffield, was making up for lost time after losing her chance to take part in London 2012 due to injury.
She had already won an array of individual and team European and world titles, but the 2016 Games was the biggest event of her life.
Bryony, who took silver at the nationals last month and helped Great Britain to retain their European title in April, previously listed her proudest moment as when her individual fifth place at the 2015 worlds earned her country a second Olympic trampoline spot for the first time.
Now she has a moment never to forget, described by commentators as ‘the stuff of dreams for Great British athletics.”