Temple can't wait for European Water Polo Champs to start

16 July 2014 / 08:59

Newcomer Pippa Temple admits she cannot wait for the European Water Polo Championships to get going as she bids for a perfect start to life on the international stage.

Great Britain kick off their assault in Budapest against Greece on Wednesday, a tricky start with their opponents taking gold home from the 2011 World Championships.

This is then followed by a test against the Netherlands on Friday before they take on hosts Hungary in their final group match on Sunday.

But rather than be apprehensive about what awaits for Great Britain in Hungarian waters, 20-year-old Temple simply wants to taste the atmosphere of her first international tournament.

“I’m very excited about competing in my first International tournament and representing GBR,” she said.

“Our preparation has been very successful – we had a great training camp with Spain in Madrid last week and we’re feeling very strong and ready for our first game against Greece.”

And coach Kostas Vamvakaris added: “Our first game against Greece, the 2011 World Championship gold medallists, will be very tough, but our training camp went very well and gave us the opportunity to get match ready.

“The European Championships is an important chance for us to prove our performance potential. The team is mentally ready, we are injury free and we are looking forward to giving each match our best performance.”

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