After 4 months playing in Italy, experiencing high level volleyball, GB Captain Lynne Beattie is embarking on a new challenge for the second half of the season. Early this week she said ‘Ciao’ to the Italian club San Vito and ‘Hallo’ to the players and staff of VT Aurubis Hamburg in the German Bundesliga. Here Lynne gives us an update on the need for the move and what she hopes the next 3 months will hold for her…..
‘It has been a tough couple of weeks for me with some big decisions to make. I have really enjoyed my time in Italy and the training and club environment will be difficult to top, but after the Christmas break I assessed my situation and decided that the most important thing I need to get from the next few months is playing matches. Nothing can prepare you for the ups and downs of a volleyball match better than playing week in week out in the pressure situations that a match provides. The ability to perform and deliver my job under pressure is crucial for my development as a player and will help me to become the best I can be at London 2012.
Concluding my time in Italy, my last match for the club was against Icos Crema at home. Crema came out on top the first time these teams clashed earlier in the season & currently sit above San Vito in the league. But this time round San Vito won 3-1. It was a huge win for us and a win that I am very grateful to have been part of. The Italians definitely know how to celebrate, so they gave me a great send off and wished me ‘buona fortuna’ in germany. I am very grateful for the support and good wishes from San Vito for my journey ahead.”
It was a reflection of the respect the club and players hold for Beattie that she received a terrific send off from the team and fans after her last game. They were extremely sorry to see her go but understand her needs and her desire in preparation for the greatest opportunity that lies ahead. She now looks forward to the future….
“I have come to Hamburg seeking a first 6 position, it is a strong team playing in a strong league with ambitions to reach top 4. So far Germany is proving to be exactly the environment I was hoping for. Good coach, talented players and an ambitious team. I am really excited to be part of the setup here and look forward to competing for them in my first match…which will be a battle of the brits where i will face fellow GB teamates Lucy Wicks and Ciara Michel (Aachen) through the net.”