There are days when you think, "Today the arms should not come up"': Olympic hopefuls wax lyrical over grooming for beach volley ball

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There are days when you think, "Today the arms should not come up"': Olympic hopefuls wax lyrical over grooming for beach volley ball

Bài gửi  lujinyu on Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:27 pm

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But when the two-piece is being worn for a game of beach volleyball, critics are quick to argue that it is not a real sport... Which isn't the only problem its sportswomen face.

They also need to worry about being groomed enough to wear the uniform.

Team GB beach volleyball Olympic hopeful Shauna Mullin, 26, admits that some days she pays more attention to her appearance than others.

She told The sun: 'We're not body-conscious any more.

'Obviously we wax and there are still some days when you think, "Today the arms should not come up". But it's what we wear. '

Her teammate, Zara Dampney, 24, added: 'We don't wear very much and that can attract a lot of male attention. But when we're on the court all we focus on is our game.

'We turn up at the beach and train in bikinis because it's hot. Last week we were in Thailand and it was 50°C. A bikini is the most suitable outfit for that heat. And it's not that different to what the athletics people wear. '

It does pose problems in terms of funding, though.

Shauna explained: 'It is difficult to get sponsorship because no company wants to be associated with girls in bikinis.
We're sponsored by BMW but we never get cash even from them — although we do get a Mini each, which is amazing. '

Touring takes its toll too, particularly on relationships.

Zara's boyfriend Kirk Pitman, 29, is another beach volleyball player who travels to the same tournaments, but they are not allowed to share a room. Kirk stays with his own team-mate.
Single Shauna said: 'If you don't have somebody on tour and you are not good at long-distance relationships it's difficult to have a boyfriend.

All will be worth it, though, if they qualify to represent Team GB in London next summer.

Beach Volleyball made its Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996. It has since become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games.

The London 2012 competition will be held at a special temporary arena on Horse Guards Parade, in central London, which will be covered in 3, 000 tonnes of sand.

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