Thomas Whalan: We have a great chance in London
July 28, 2012 4 Comments
The Olympic men’s water polo tournament is about to commence. We interviewed the Australian team’s veteran, Thomas Whalan.
– Thomas, congratulations on taking part in your fourth Olympic Games. How does it feel to be in London representing your country at the highest sporting forum?
Thank you Erkin. It’s always a huge honour and absolute high to be representing Australia at the Olympics. Walking out on pool deck and performing in front of Australian fans and the world is a high which every athlete aspires to and one which I have never taken for granted and which I will relish in for every single game here.
– How is London, the Olympic village and the competition facilities? The organization must be good?
The organization and facilities are fantastic. The pools are all located just near the village so travel time to and from games and training venues is short. The pool this year has been specifically constructed for the water polo so although it is smaller than the 50m swimmers pool, the layout with 5000 people extremely close to pool deck will make for a loud and electrifying crowd.
– Based on the teams’ build up so far, what chances do you think the Australian team Vs the others has?
We have a great chance v every team here at the Olympics. Our final tournament in Hungary showed that with consistent performances we can match it and beat good teams. Execution in attack and relentless defence will ensure we’re into the final rounds after week one.
– Good luck, we’ll keep in touch.