My journey to Baku officially started on 23 April when Team GB announced the athletes that would compete at the 1st European Games fifty days later.
Seeing my name on that list was really special, knowing that I would be part of Team GB, and I was so excited. However, there were still two months to go so training was really important (as well as sitting my AS exams!).
We had squad training in Crystal Palace and Loughborough, alongside my regular heavy training schedule. Training was intense but knowing that I would be playing at this historic event definitely made it worthwhile.
We arrived in Baku on Monday 8 June, being the first GB athletes to fly out. From touching down in Baku everything was exciting – getting our accreditation, being bombarded by cameras and reporters, travelling on the Baku 2015 buses and drinking from the water bottles with a little Baku 2015 logo!
I don't think any of us really knew how huge this event was and only began to realise the sheer enormity of it as we drove to the Athletes’ Village and saw the Baku 2015 signs absolutely everywhere.
The Athletes’ Village was amazing and is definitely one of the things that made my experience so memorable. Being surrounded by all the Team GB members in our block as well as competitors from every other country in the village itself was so good.
I really enjoyed the recreation centre as you could play all sorts of games as well as relax. We ate together as a team in the main dining hall which was open 24 hours and gave a lot of different food choices. There was also an Azerbaijani restaurant in the village where we could eat local traditional dishes and it was really nice to be able to sample some of their culture.
We got the opportunity to walk in the athletes’ parade of the Opening Ceremony which was an unforgettable experience. Walking into the Olympic Stadium waving GB flags in front of the 70,000 cheering audience was absolutely amazing. Looking back at the TV coverage of the event it still seems surreal to think that I was actually part of that.
The water polo facilities in Baku were fantastic, with two outdoor pools as well as indoor pools for training. The only downside was that the European Games Park where the polo tournament took place was a 45-minute drive from the Athletes’ Village, but before a match the long drive was often helpful in focusing and preparing mentally for the game.
Competing in an Olympic-esque environment, playing against some of the best teams in the world was brilliant and the most amazing start for our water polo careers.
Walking out for the presentation before each match was nerve-racking but the presentation to the crowd, which included a large group of travelling GB supporters, was something I really enjoyed (as well as the polo of course!).
After we finished competing we had three days left in Baku and it was really nice to have this time to soak up the atmosphere and experience. We took the opportunity to see other sports like Boxing, Taekwondo and Beach Volleyball, and to cheer on fellow Team GB members that were competing.
Overall there aren't really any other words to sum up going and competing at the European Games than just amazing! It was so much fun and to share that with my teammates was something that I will never ever forget.