The Baku 2015 European Games kick off in just four weeks time, and the excitement is building within Great Britain’s Under-17 water polo squad.
The team booked their place back in April with a dramatic second-place finish in Nice, and since then have been working tirelessly in preparation for the Games.
Over the next couple of weeks the selected squad are set for three intensive training camps, beginning this weekend in Cardiff.
“I'm so excited for the Games. I’ve been looking at pictures and videos and Baku looks amazing” - Hannah Edwards
The players will then spend four days (24-27 May) at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace and finish the training with a tough game against City of Coventry at RAF Cosford on Sunday 31 May.
While in Birmingham they will also collect their official British Olympic Association kit, before flying out to Baku a week later.
(The top three from each will progress to the knockout stages.)
|Group A||Group B|
Matches will take place at the European Games Park (along with beach volleyball, beach soccer and basketball) which was officially opened by the President of Azerbaijan this week.
Coach Nick Buller said, “this final month is all about training together and working hard on our tactics. The girls have improved a lot over the past few years and we can’t wait for the Games to begin”.
“The best ever result for a GB team is seventh at a European Juniors and we’d love to beat that,” says Buller. “But we’ll take one game at a time and look to win each game we play.”
Team member Hannah Edwards told Scottish Swimming, “I'm so excited for the Games. I’ve been looking at pictures and videos and Baku looks amazing.”
“Everyone on the team has worked so hard for this. I think back to the first time I went to trial for GB, there was always talk about the games but I never thought I would be part of it or to get this far in water polo. It’s so amazing and I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”