Published: 27th July 2011
MANCHESTER Metropolitan is the place to come if you’re serious about your water sports!
That’s the verdict of Britain’s women’s waterpolo squad – four of whom are students at the University.
With the academic year at an end, the quartet – Robyn Nicholls (Economics); Rebecca Kershaw (Psychology and Education); Fiona McCann (Marketing Communications) and Angela Winstanley-Smith (French) have turned their thoughts from graduation to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympians all train at Manchester Aquatics centre – the base of the GB men and women’s Waterpolo Squads, and jointly run by the city’s universities and city council.
According to 24-year-old Fiona, who is studying for a masters degree in Marketing Communications, the facilities at Manchester Met are second to none.
“We all moved to Manchester because British waterpolo decided to base the national high performance centre in the city meaning that the squad can train together full time.
“I have been at the high performance centre since 2004, Beckie and Robyn moved here in 2008 and Angie came here the following year. So MMU was the best choice for the courses we wanted to do which would fit in with our training schedule, she says.
The girls train four hours every day in the pool plus gym work, and fit their studies around their training, which is getting really intense with the World Student Games coming up.
“We're currently training in t-shirts as part of the resistance training phase we are in. and we’ve lots of meeting about tactics, psychology, physiology, nutrition, so our preparation is first-class.”
So are they hopeful of a medal?
“We're all feeling really positive about the Olympics, we've been getting some of the best results GB have ever had,” adds Fiona. “We’ve have beaten some of the world leaders such as Greece, Italy and Germany.
“The top teams are all so close, so we feel that we have every chance to medal.”