GB Game ON – Edinburgh : Talking with Rose Anderson.
Standard Life GB Women started their preparations on the 5th of May at camp in Surrey. Eighteen talented players had the chance to arrive at Surrey to impress Coach Tom Maher. Places in this year’s squad have been more competitive than ever with the ultimate prize of competing at a home Olympic Games up for grabs.
Our very own Rose Anderson made the final cut to 14 players who continued at training camp and flew to the GB Women’s first test matches in Croatia on the 28th and 29th May. The GB team lost 81-59 against Croatia in their first game on the build up to the Olympics and suffered a narrow 77-74 on Tuesday 29th May. The team is taking a positive approach to their upcoming games in Belgium. GB Women will play in a four-team tournament from 1st-3rd June with Germany, Ukraine and Belgium. All 14 GB players will now be looking to impress head coach Maher before the final 12 selection is made in June.
After the tournament, the squad will then return to the UK to play their first domestic game. Edinburgh will welcome the squad on 9th and 10th June against Canada. The capital will host an exciting basketball weekend with the unique opportunity to watch Pre-Olympic basketball on Scottish soil. The U14 International Summer Slam will add an extra level of interest, having our U14 National Squads competing alongside the GB Squad.
“We are excited to welcome the GB women in June alongside the U14 International Summer Slam. This event will provide a great opportunity for those aspiring athletes, as well as lifelong basketball fans to see the Olympic team in action during their preparation”. Kevin Pringle, CEO at basketballscotland.
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TALKING WITH ROSE..
We had the chance to talk with Rose Anderson on the 100 day countdown to the Olympics and she commented, “Being one of the hopefuls is such an honour. I have worked hard all year on understanding the game better; I have done my homework on the game, understanding why and how. I hope when I get to camp I can put into practice what I have been working on. I am really motivated to have the chance to compete for GB on the Olympics”.
Portobello’s Rose Anderson confessed, “I never imagined growing up that I will be in a situation that I could potentially make an Olympic Team. Growing up playing u16 and u18 for Scotland I aspired to play for Great Britain, to take my basketball to a higher level to perhaps play professional but to represent my country in the Olympics… It’s phenomenal. I just hope we can make everyone proud”.
Rose started playing basketball at school. “I moved in to high school and my guidance teacher was Mr Findlay, Kool Kats Coach; he saw a little bit of athleticism in me and he got me along into the high school basketball and I progressed from there and got more and more serious”.
Rose Anderson played for Kool Kats and Scotland before moving to college in the US. She happily remembered, “When I got first selected to the U16’s Scotland national team I was actually 14. The coach was Coach McGuire and Donna Finnie was the assistant coach. I managed to make the team as one of the younger players; I think I played only a few minutes in Euro C vs Gibraltar. I didn’t get much court time but I got an email from the coach when we came back saying that he saw a lot of potential in me. I actually still have the email to this day. That was a great motivation for me, and a great experience.
The Scottish guard admitted, “Playing for the Standard Life GB Women in Edinburgh will be brilliant. Hopefully I can make it until there; it will definitely be a moment I will be waiting for! London 2012 is such a great opportunity, not only for us as individual players, but for basketball, for basketball to be out there, for people to be watching basketball. We want to do well and we want more people playing basketball”.