20 July 2012
The second look at Megan's insight into Team GB
Casey lead the Team GB girls to their first ever victory against South Africa on Sunday, with a 3-1 win over a nation who will also be competing in London. Ever the perfectionist Casey described the victory as working progress “we had opportunities to score more and need to build on that if we want to compete in the tournament”.
After the game the girls had to pack an over night back as Monday morning saw them whisked to Stratford to enter the Olympic Village on its opening day. After speaking to Casey on the phone, it was clear she was a little overwhelmed by the whole experience.
Both the men’s and women’s team entered together, and were greeted by Sir Clive Woodward before Dame Kelly Holmes gave them a “truly inspiring “ talk about being an Olympian and embracing the whole experience.
“It is all starting to get very real now, the Olympic Village is like nothing I have ever known before. The dinner hall seats over 5000 athletes at one time, with every cuisine you could imagine under one roof, including a Macdonalds. There is a hair dressers and beauty salon on sight, together with a massive games room, filled with pool tables, table football and ever games console you can dream off, all for free”.
“The apartment I am staying in houses 6 of us and has been personalized with all Team GB stickers, bedding, dressing gowns, towels and even cuddly toys, from our balcony you can see the Olympic stadium, this experience just keeps getting better” Casey added.
After one night in the village it was back on the road again with both teams heading up on a first class train to their North East base, where they are in preparation for Friday’s double header at the Riverside Stadium. The women play Sweden at 4 while the men host Brazil straight after, both games being shown live on the BBC.
Having seen some video footage of the teams arriving in the North East it looked crazy. I spoke to Casey who was on her way to the gym shortly after they arrived at their hotel, “its all very surreal, that’s why I’m heading to the gym, I need to refocus and make sure my feet are kept firmly on the floor”.
Team GB will be hosting Sweden later on today at the Riverside Stadium, before the men's team play Brazil. Both games are live on BBC from 3:45.