VIDEO DIARY 7: Olympic Holding Camp, Loughborough

With only 2 days to go before we step out onto court for our first Olympic game against Russia the team are feeling ready.

Check out our latest video diary about our recent Olympic Holding Camp and see how our preparation has gone in the lead up to the biggest games of our lives….

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VIDEO DIARY 6: Fire Training Day

VIDEO DIARY 6: Fire Training Day

This summer the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Training Centre became our home. While living there we picked up some valuable life skills!!

Thank you to everyone there who helped us Keep our Dream Alive and continue our journey to the London Olympics.

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VIDEO DIARY 5: Team GB kitting out Loughborough

The final squad of 12 has been announced, and last week we travelled to Loughborough University for the official Team GB Experience. We spent a day fitting our Adidas and Next wear which we will be wearing in the London 2012 Olympic Games! We had the pleasure of meeting Princess Ann! It was ‘better than Christmas’ according to Lucy Wicks, but it was much more than collecting some nice kit, we officially became part of Team GB, Our Greatest Team. The experience gave us goosies, made us laugh and made it very real….definitely a day none of us will forget! See it all in Video Diary 5 below…


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VIDEO: Make some noise for GB Volleyball!!!

See the official Team GB video from the GB Volleyball London 2012 selection announcement… a momentous day for the athletes, coaches, staff and British indoor volleyball! Hear all the reaction and expectations of London 2012!

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Video Diary 4: Olympic Torch Relay - Audrey’s big day!

Tuesday 3rd July, at Loughborough University, GB Women’s Head Coach and 1996 Olympian, Audrey Cooper carried the Olympic flame and it was the perfect opportunity for her ‘moment to shine’, supported by the team, friends, family, Volleyball England staff and Team GB athletes and staff. See our video diary of the day to give you a feel of the Olympic atmosphere!

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GBW take on Korea in Olympic Warm Up Matches…

Its the business end of the GB Women’s Olympic journey and in preparation for the Olympic Games in 18 days time they will face Olympic qualifiers and World No. 13… Korea!

Next week will see the GB Women pack their bags and leave their training base in Sheffield to travel to Loughborough, the location for the 2012 Team GB Holding Camp.  It is here that the team will make final preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games before heading South to the London 2012 Olympic Village.

GBW to take on Korea

While in Loughborough, the GB Women will make the journey back to their Sheffield base (replicating the Olympic schedule and travel) to play crucial warm up matches against Republic of Korea.  Korea have also qualified for London 2012 in the other pool and will be in Sheffield for their Olympic Preparations.  These matches will be a huge challenge, but a welcome one as the ultimate test for the GBW draws closer.  The games are on:

  • Wednesday 18th July 2012 - EIS Sheffield - GB v Korea (9pm FBS)
  • Friday 20th July 2012 - EIS Sheffield - GB v Korea (8pm FBS)

Get yourself along to the EIS, Sheffield, to support the Great Britain Women’s Volleyball Team on the final leg of their spectacular Olympic Journey!

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Blog: Ciara Michel behind the scenes of torch relay & kitting out!

Check out GB’s number 19 and middle blocker Ciara Michel’s latest blog.

Get the behind the scenes take on what it was like to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay, the kitting out experience in Loughborough and how it feels to be part of Team GB….our greatest team!

Read the blog here.

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Olympic Torch: Tues 3rd July - Coach Cooper to carry the flame

On Tuesday 3rd July, GB Women’s Head Coach Audrey Cooper will be carrying the London 2012 Olympic Torch in Loughborough.

Apparently she has practiced around her living room and is looking forward to the day! The GB Women’s players will be there supporting their leaders ‘moment to shine’.

Read about Audrey’s nomination, her career, the relay, the torch, and other volleyball torchbearers in our previous article. You can watch Audrey carry the torch online on the Torch Relay website or if you are in the area, at 9.46am: Audrey receives the flame at the Holywell pitches on the Loughborough University campus and will finish at the Sir Dennis Rooke building. See the bottom of the map.

The Torch Relay atmosphere across the country has been phenomenal and in the home of one of the biggest sports universities in the UK, a great crowd is expected! It’s quite poignant that the Head Coach of the GB Women’s team will be carrying the flame in Loughborough, where she has worked for Volleyball England and where many of the current GB players first grabbed a taste of performance volleyball.

See video highlights from Day 38 below and get a taste of the atmosphere surrounding the Flame and the Olympics…goosebumps!

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