Since my last blog I think it’s fair to say I’ve been super busy! 10 plane journeys, 6 countries and a World Championships all in just over a month. I have been lucky enough to have had three weeks break from training and haven’t wasted any time in my mission of getting an awesome tan.
I’m now back in Worcester, a couple of shades darker, and back training with only 2 weeks until the under 25’s European Championships; which is a great opportunity for the younger players in the GB squad to show their potential. And after the Senior team did so well in Canada and came 5th, which is the best Great Britain has ever done, I’m sure the under 25’s, myself included, are motivated to continue the GB success.
The world championships in Canada was a great tournament for the team, there were lots of highs and a few lows, but a great experience for us to learn from. But, it’s wasn’t that great for myself. I ended up spending 4 days in bed due to coming down with the flu!! Not exactly ideal when you have prepared all year for an event and can’t even make it to the bench.. I was very annoyed with my body for deciding to be ill at that time!! But I managed to support the team from my bed, watching the games live online.
And as the tournament was in its final stages, I started to feel better and was able to go to two of the most important games for us… against France, who we beat and then against Australia which if we won, it would give us 5th place.
That game was one of the most exciting games of basketball I have ever been involved in. Australia managed to score in the last few seconds to draw which meant the game went in to over time. We then went on to outplay them completely, my teammates payed some of the best basketball I’ve seen us play and coming together like that made us win that game. Everyone was so strong right until the end and I was so proud at that moment to call myself the captain of that team.
We all went on our break in high spirits feeling motivated for the next year of training at the University of Worcester Arena where we know we can have access to great facilities which will help us become the best we can be.
I am also looking forward to my second year studying sport and exercise psychology, learning more, meeting even more new people and of course freshers week but without being a fresher.
Anyway, look out for my next blog to find out how we do in the under 25 European Championship and also how my tan is doing!