Beatrice Goad – Sport Captain – Update from Vietnam
I’m in Han Noi, Vietnam for Asian Cup Qualifiers for soccer and we’ve been here for about 6 days. We were given 5 days to acclimatize to the humid and hot weather. Our first training session everyone sweated so much and it was quite tough training the same day as we’d spent 12-14 hours traveling. For these 5 days we were staying at the sports complex which was very much run down. We had several rats in one persons room and there were no doors on the showers. This meant we really had to focus on why we are here, to play football, not on a holiday. As well as this, the food wasn’t spectacular either and we ended up buying a toaster. Playing sport internationally isn’t just turning up to the country and playing, it is acclimatizing to foreign weather, food, accommodation and traditions.
We had our first match of three yesterday against Hong Kong. Although the field wasn’t great, we came off with a 6-0 win. I came on at half time and managed to score two goals so it was a great day for the team morale.
As a reward, our team manager said we were changing to the Crown Plaza Hotel for our good behavior in the sports complex. We were wrapped and so we’ve now spent a night in luxury. It is a different scene here but we still have to remember we are here to qualify!
We have two more games against Singapore and Vietnam on Friday and Sunday respectively.
In terms of my school work, it’s been hard but I’ve managed to stay on top of class work and do a bit of exam preparation. It’s not ideal but I’ll make do, especially when we don’t get given any desks!
I heard the senior cricket girls won the GSV champs – great job girls! I hope you are all staying active in amongst exam preparation and I hope all the VCE and IB girls are doing well! A sports captains video is on it’s way and will be presented 25th of November so I hope you are looking forward to that.
Over and out,
Your sports captain – Beattie