Loughborough Olympians kitted out at Team GB Preparation Camp
21 June 2012
Triathletes Lucy Hall and Vicky Holland have become the first Loughborough Olympians to visit the Team GB Preparation Camp.
The Preparation Camp will see hundreds of athletes and support staff pass through the “Team GB Experience” which includes the official kitting out process and an opportunity for athletes and support staff to sign up to the five “One Team GB” core values of Performance, Respect, Unity, Responsibility and Pride.
Lucy is a current Loughborough College student who, after spending her fresher year working with Loughborough Triathlon Head Coach Gavin Smith, has made a name for herself as one of best swimmers and most promising young athletes in the sport.
Vicky is a Loughborough University graduate who studied Human Biology. She took up the sport during her first few weeks on campus. She has been a consistent performer in the ITU World Triathlon Series this year.
Both are making their Olympic debuts, and are joined in the women’s team by the current world number one Helen Jenkins.
Hall said the kitting-out day at Holywell Park Conference Centre brought home to her that the Olympics are now just around the corner.
She said: “It’s very overwhelming. Everything comes at once.
“This sort of day makes everything real. There is now only for seven weeks before I race.
“This sort of thing is brilliant because it makes you think, ‘oh this is really happening’ after all the training you have done throughout the years.
“It’s like your moment, the London Olympic Games. You can’t beat it.
“It’s been brilliant, getting all our kit, and doing funny photos and things.
“We saw Chris Hoy, and we were like crazy, saying ‘keep cool, keep cool’.”
The Preparation Camp opened on 18 June and so far sports including rowing, sailing, cycling and triathlon have been through the Team GB Experience.
Olympic gold medallists such as Sir Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie have visited the camp to collect their kit in readiness for the London 2012 Games.
Approximately 550 athletes and 450 support staff are expected to pass through the Team GB Experience and 13 sports are to base themselves in Loughborough to undertake final preparations.