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Woman Up - The 2011 World University Games

11 August 2011

The British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo Team are representing Great Britain at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. In this blog, the team are preparing for their opening match against China.


So we have been in China for five days now and are settled into the village and into a settled routine.

The weather has been unpredicable - unbelievably humid when the sun is out but we've also had three days of torrential rain.

The place is pretty special here and replicates the Olympic environment almost exactly.  Team GB has three floors in our block shared with so many other nations.

The dining hall is vast and serves an excellent selection of food which is suiting us perfectly.

The weather has certainly been unpredictable, it is unbelievable humid when the sun is out, but we’ve had three solid days of torrential rain apart from the day we arrived and today which have been bright hot sunshine!

It is great to be in a multi-sport environment and we are sharing our floor with athletics. The team unity of Team GB is special and everyone is supporting each other.

Yesterday we caught the last 10 minutes of the GB Men’s v Canada opening football match as it was next to our training venue. They won 2-1 so that was a good start to their campaign.

Our volunteer is wonderful - she sang Lisa Gibson happy birthday in Chinese on the bus home.

The venues here are superb, we have three different training venues and all look brand new and so nice, shame we can’t pack them up and bring them back to GB!

The volunteers are also of another world. We are allocated an attaché, Katrina – who is a wonderful, fun 19-year old Chinese girl with such good English.

She sang Lisa Gibson happy birthday in Chinese today on the bus home. Katrina told us that there are 240,000 volunteers working on this event (it’s a number you can’t quite imagine until you see them on every single corner of every street, venue, road!).

Unbelievably 30 million people applied to be a volunteer for the Games and they did a selection process to reduce it to 240,000. You can see why they have been planning this event for the last three years!

We have been picked out for media attention over here. We are one of four teams across the whole Games that China are doing a documentary on. It means we've had a lot of media interview to deal with but that's been great experience for next year, having cameras following us all the time!

Stay tuned for updates from our matches - we start against Canada tomorrow!

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