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Repton sport star Ellie Watton's Commonwealth Games diary: Part Two

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

RARING TO GO ... Ellie Watton

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Over the course of the Commonwealth Games, former Repton School pupil Ellie Watton, who will be competing for Team England at hockey, will share her experiences and thoughts on events in Glasgow.

TYPICAL Scottish weather (rain!) greeted our arrival in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon, but after a brief rest, we've now spent a couple of days in the athletes' village and begun to explore what it has to offer.

Our accommodation is excellent and the games organisers have really done a good job to make us feel at home.

Both the England men's and women's hockey teams have their own large three storey houses (situated next door to one another), with lots of bedrooms and a lounge area for socialising.

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There's no kitchen in the house – we don't need one, because all of our meals are provided in a massive dining hall nearby.

It's great that as a team, we are all so close together as it means we are never lonely and there are always people to chat to or watch a movie with in our free time.

The thing that has amazed me most since arriving in the village is the variety and quantity of food on offer 24 hours a day.

I could eat anything from a curry to a salad at any time of the day or night!

The village also offers some great entertainment, with access to social areas where we can meet athletes from other countries, play table football, pool, video games, cards or just have a chat.

I'm sharing a room with my former Beeston and Cannock team-mate, Hollie Webb.

Unfortunately, Hollie suffered quite a serious injury during our final training session prior to travelling up here.

She got hit in the throat and spent a rather worrying night in hospital before she was given the all-clear to travel and to compete.

When you compete at this level, picking up an injury that could potentially put you out of the tournament, is an ever-present danger.

While it was wet when we arrived, the warmth of the reception that we have received from our hosts has been lovely.

We were greeted at the airport by a troop of young Scottish dancers, dressed in tartan, who performed some really impressive routines for us.

The TV advert is not wrong when it says 'Welcome to the friendly games'.

As we approach our first match (11am tomorrow), training has been going well and the mood in the camp is very positive.

We had our first run-out on the Glasgow Green Hockey Centre pitch on Monday in a practice match against the South African squad.

The stands look great and I am sure that, when there is a capacity crowd cheering on the teams, the atmosphere inside the centre will be fantastic.

Our first opponents are Wales, who we beat at the Investec London Cup 12 days ago, so here's hoping that we can get our tournament off to a flying start and give England supporters something to cheer.


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