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British women building up to Ukraine Euro qualifier in Hungary

23 March 2011

Catch up with the latest from the British training camp in Hungary as they prepare for their second European Championships 2012 qualifier this weekend.

World Class Performance Manager Joanna Wray reports:

Most of the squad flew out on Sunday 20th March to Budapest to have a five day training camp in preparation for their second European Championship group match on Saturday 26th March against Ukraine.

The trip has been really productive as Szilveszter prepared the team to face Ukraine.

This is the second part of the reciprocal arrangement with the Hungarians where we hosted them in a great camp before Christmas in Manchester.

The trip has been productive so far with training each morning and friendly matches in the evening with Szilveszter (Fekete, head coach) running through our different attack and defence systems in preparation for playing Ukraine.

Today, Wednesday, we only had one pool day so it was a circuit session this morning before Szilveszter brought a special guest to talk to the girls.

Kiss Gergely described his experience at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic Games - I got goosebumps as he talked.

The girls have been taking part in a British Water Polo initiative called “The Out of the Pool Programme” which is education sessions designed to prepare them as optimally as possible for the Olympic Games.

Szilveszter thought he would bring the concept to Hungary and we got a special talk with Kiss Gergely describing his experience winning gold with the Hungarian team at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.

I got goosebumps as he described his experience and the girls said they found it very inspiring. 

What rang true was the hard work he put in, making every part of training count and challenging himself even when he was a small kid at primary school.

After lunch we took the girls for some fresh air up to the royal palace and with such lovely weather we got great views of the whole of the city.

Now we are back resting in the hotel before our team talk and match tonight.  Tomorrow is back to two training sessions and then the 13 selected athletes travel to the Ukraine. 

Keep a look out on the website for updates from the match.

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