FIONA McCann is determined to enjoy every minute of her Olympic experience – but her focus will never stray from the job in hand.
The 25-year-old former City of Chester Swimming Club member knows that performances in the pool are the priority.
“We’ve got to be careful we don’t let everything get on top of us,” she said.
“It can take over but we’ve got to remember we are there to compete. There will be so much going on out of the pool but we’re there for what we do in the pool.”
There will be a festival atmosphere in London for the two-week duration of the Games, something which will be felt by athletes and spectators alike.
But McCann is confident she can strike the right balance between being at the top of her game while also savouring the once-in-a-lifetime experience of competing at her first ever Olympic Games.
McCann cites her trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a vital step in her sporting education.
She travelled there with a group of other hand-picked British Olympic hopefuls on the BOA’s Olympic Ambition Programme, sampling life in the holding camp and athletes’ village to get a taste of what to expect four years down the line.
“It was so good to get that experience,” said McCann.
Team GB’s women’s water polo team will be making their Olympic debut in London this summer.
They have closed the gap significantly on the more established nations in recent years and can also count on strong support from the home crowd.
The demand for tickets was high but McCann’s family – including dad Brian, mum Heather, her two brothers and her sister – will be travelling south to cheer her on.
Matches will take place in the 5,000-capacity Water Polo Arena, which sits in the south-east corner of the Olympic Park and is distinguishable by its silver-coloured wrap and inflatable roof.