With the 2012 Olympic Games now only 20 months away, Rachel Drabble is focussing on competing in London.
A member of the GB women’s waterpolo squad, Rachel is based in Manchester where she trains 25 hours a week in addition to studying broadcasting and journalism at Salford University.
This year is very important for the team because as well as working towards their Olympic goal, they will try to qualify for the European ’A’ championships which sees the best eight teams in Europe compete against each other.
Great Britain are currently ranked ninth in Europe after winning the ‘B’ championship last year.
In their qualifying group they will play Spain, Ukraine and Israel on a home and away basis with the top team going through.
To help them prepare for this task the squad, which is made up of players from the top four women’s teams in the country, have been playing in the Hungarian League, probably the best in Europe.
Rachel, who hails from Arkwright Town, said: “Although it will be tough I’m really looking forward to it.
“Hopefully one of the home games will be at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and my friends and family will get a chance to see the team in action and, as an added bonus I can come home after the match!’’
The team’s first game is at home to Israel on Saturday, January 29, and will be played at Loughborough University Pool starting at 8pm.
For further details, visit www.swimming.org/britishswimming/water-polo