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Jaime Moore tells the BBC's Mary Rhodes
"At the end of the day it's just another competition."
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Friday, 25 August, 2000, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Jaime hopes to spring a surprise
Jaime Moore
Jaime Moore won the British Championship in July
As trampolining makes its Olympic debut Briton Jaime Moore is hoping to make an immediate name for herself by bouncing on to the medals rostrum.

Jaime is the current British number one and is ranked seven in the world, but her chances are further helped by the fact that each of the top 12 countries in the sport are only allowed one competitor so a couple of her rivals will not be involved.

She will be joined in Sydney by Lee Brearley who will represent Britain in the men's event and will have similar hopes to Jaime of reaching the final.

"For the last few years they have been saying that they would get the sport into the Olympics and now they have," says Jaime.

The top eight go through to the final and I'm aiming for the top five. If I really pull it together then maybe I can win a medal. I've just got to keep believing.
  Jaime Moore

"It's amazing that I will be able to look back for ever and say I competed in the Olympics when trampolining made its debut."

And she believes that the sport can go from strength to strength after this summer.

"It will definitely get a bit of recognition now and will hopefully bring some sponsorship to the sport."

A good result for the British pair in Sydney would certainly help the profile of the sport here and Jaime is confident about her chances.

"The top eight go through to the final and I'm aiming for the top five. If I really pull it together then maybe I can win a medal. I've just got to keep believing. The scores go back to zero when you go into the final so if I make that I'll be in joint first place at that point."

Her routines are now well honed as her victory in the National Championships at Sheffield in July illustrated but it has taken a great deal of hard work to reach this standard.

Jaime Moore
Jaime Moore hopes the sport will receive a boost in Sydney

Jaime began the year with a punishing six week schedule with a personal trainer aimed at boosting her fitness and strength.

At that time she was in the gym on up tor four times a week for two hour session and then training between two and three hours a day, sometimes even twice a day, six times a week.

"I've only been full time this year. I had been working part time behind a bar and before that I was at college. But I thought that if I wanted to give it my best shot then this was the way to go.

The 21-year-old from Northampton was recently announced as the first winner of the new Ex'cla-ma'tion Exceptional Awards and the 2,000 bursary has helped with her Olympic preparations.

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