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British Water Polo Player of the Year 2009

14:29:02 03.02.2010 posted by admin at 14:29:02 03.02.2010
Manchester Grammar School’s swimming and water polo coach and Great Britain goalkeeper Rosie Morris was presented with the British Water Polo Player of the Year award by Olympic medal-winning swimmer Sharron Davies at a glittering ceremony in London.

The 23-year-old is currently training with the British women’s squad based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre as they try to ensure funding for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Great Britain has qualified automatically for their home Olympics but need to finish in the top eight European teams to gain vital funding and are currently ranked seventh.

"We just have to keep a couple of teams at bay, and even better, climb a few places up the rankings," said Rosie, who lives in Ardwick. "It will not be for the want of hard work from any of the squad."

Rosie trains for two hours before work, and then on 5 pm, she completes an hour-long gym session before another two hours in the pool.

She added: "You need a combination of powerful leg strength, agility and sharp reactions to compete at the highest level in any position in water polo and there is simply no substitute for hard work. However the thought of competing in the London Olympics makes all the effort worthwhile and even enjoyable. I know it’s a bit of a cliche but it would be a dream come true to compete of our home fans in London and everything else is really on hold until the Olympics."

In the video below (19s!) she spoke ahead of the European Nations Trophy about Prince William's attending the competition.

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