Young Sportsperson Scholarship fund report
I have built on earlier water polo successes with more goals and tournament wins. First up was the British Gas ASA National Finals held at the Manchester Aquatics pool.
The Lancaster girls were both playing for the Liverpool Youth team against arch rivals, Manchester. In a tense final the team work and strength in dept of the Liverpool team paid off and they won by 9 to 7 to take the gold medals. I ended up top scorer with 13 goals in total over the whole competition.
With only an hour rest I was back in the water, with several other Youth members, moving up age groups to play Manchester Juniors in the second final. In an closer match the Liverpool team were piped in the last half of extra time with only a minutes left on the clock, losing 4 to 3, to take the silver medals.
I was straight back to competitive matches with the Liverpool Juniors team this time in the annual Spring Cup open age knock out competition, with this finals held at Walsall pool. After several qualifying round the girls made it through to the finals against the more experienced and older Liverpool Lizards team. However, this time the younger Junior players came out on top winning the match 7 to 4.
Straight after the match I jumped into the car for a three day training camp with the GB Juniors and Development Squads at Marlborough College, Swindon. I was allowed a day off before flying to Nantes, France for a three day international tournament where the GB team played France (won 14 to 6), Germany (won 16 to 6) and Russia, last years European champions (lost 7 to 19). My next reward was three GCSE exams on the day after my return, a big reality check!