Four Loughborough graduates named in Team GB women’s volleyball squad
29 June 2012
Four Loughborough University graduates have been named in Team GB women’s volleyball squad for the London 2012 Olympics.
Lucy Wicks, Rachel Laybourne, Maria Bertelli and Jennifer Taylor all studied at the university and were part of the England women’s performance programme as students in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Lucy and Rachel graduated in sport and exercise science in 2003. Jennifer did a degree in PE sports science and social science (1999-2002) and then a post-graduate certificate of education (2002-03). Maria graduated in PE and sports science in 1999.
Rachel Bragg, a former Loughborough Student, is also in the squad.
Glaswegian Lynne Beattie is captain of the 12-strong squad which has enjoyed some good results recently, including a win against a representative USA squad last year in Sheffield.
There are 12 nations competing in the women’s volleyball and they will be divided into pools of six who will compete in a round robin format at Earl’s Court, the top four from each group qualifying for the quarter finals.
Team GB are in a pool with Russia, Algeria, Italy, Dominican Republic and Japan.
Beattie said: “I am absolutely delighted to be named in the team of 12 as part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“I feel honoured to be a part of this amazing team of players and staff who have all been working so hard for the last five years in order to be where we are today, on the brink of our first Olympic Games.
“It is an exciting time not only for us as a team, but for volleyball as a sport, as we look forward to competing in just four weeks’ time. We look forward to performing at Earls Court Arena in front of a home crowd and doing the British public proud!”