Beattie ready for Olympics

Lynne Beattie
Lynne Beattie

THE Great British volleyball squad are finding their form as they prepare for the Olympics.

The squad, captained by former Mearns Castle pupil Lynn Beattie, earned a clean sweep in a five match series against Finland.

Now it’s a homecoming for Beattie as tommorow she leads the GB Olympic women’s team against African champions Algeria in a double header at the Kelvin Hall.

It’s a dress rehersal for London 2012 as the two sides will meet in the pool stages at the Olympics.

The fixture will be at the same venue as where Beattie won her first international cap, for Scotland against England, in 2003.

Lynn, who has just completed a successful club season in the Spanish Superliga with CV Las Palmas, told The Extra: “These matches will be a great opportunity to test ourselves against a team that we will face through the net at Earls Court.

The 26 year-old added: “It will be a chance to gain a psychological advantage over them ahead of the Olympic Games’ encounter.

“Algeria will also present a great challenge at this point in our preparations and allow us to put all the hard work into action in front of a home crowd, giving us a small taste of what it will be like in London.

“To get the opportunity to play in front of a Glasgow crowd in a venue where it all began for me is going to be really special”.

Friday’s match will be played out in front of a sell-out crowd of local schoolchildren.

GB, ranked 69th in the world on the latest Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) lists, face Japan, Italy, Russia and the Dominican Republic along with Algeria (world ranked 16th) in their opening pool.

“There are no easy teams when it comes to the Olympic Games, “ saod Beattie.

“But having played Japan, Italy and the Dominican Republic in recent years, and facing Algeria this week, we are confident that we can achieve our goal of reaching the top eight/quarter-finals.

“We are undoubtedly the underdogs of this tournament, but in front of a home crowd at the Olympic Games we firmly believe that we can cause an upset”.