SHEFFIELD’S Rachel Laybourne led the large Sheffield contingent named in the Great Britain men’s and women’s Olympic squads, which were announced yesterday at the English Institute of Sport.
Laybourne, aged 30, a former Meadowhead and All Saints school student, joins All Saints old boy Ben Pipes, University of Sheffield graduates Kieran O’Malley and Dami Bakare and ex-Sheffield Hallam University students Joel Miller and Grace Carter in the team.
Both squads have been based in the city since the British Volleyball programme was established six years ago.
Laybourne, who played club volleyball in Poland last season, said she is still coming to terms with being named in Audrey Cooper’s squad.
She told The Star: “I’ve found myself at the most random parts of the day just smiling and thinking I’m going to be an Olympian.
“You try to keep it in check because this is the mini-goal. The big goal is performing well in the Olympics. You keep it in check, but you’re still allowed to celebrate.”
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See The Star on Monday.