Boulton bidding for Olympic spot

PUBLISHED: 09:31 09 August 2011

Hornchurch's Lucy Boulton is hoping for beach volleyball glory

Hornchurch's Lucy Boulton is hoping for beach volleyball glory

2010 FIVB

Hornchurch hopeful ready for beach volleyball test event

Lucy Boulton will be hoping to return to Horse Guards Parade next year as a GB Olympic representative as she gets a taste of beach volleyball at one of London’s iconic landmark this week, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The 25-year-old from Hornchurch will team up with regular tour partner Denise Johns as the duo continue their road to London 2012 qualifying campaign in Olympic test event Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International.

But they need to rack up those vital points sooner rather than later as they are currently ranked 47 with 310 points in Olympic qualifying standings.

Brazil’s top two teams of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, Maria Elisa Antonelli and Talita Antunes da Rocha along with April Ross and Jennifer Kessy of USA have all gone past the 5,000 plus points barrier.

Besides from the world’s current top three, Sydney Olympic gold medal winner Natalie Cook, Beijing bronze medal duo Zhang Xi and Xue Chen from China and current British number one pairing Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney also feature in the strong 24-team line-up.

But Boulton has her mind firmly focused on qualifying for London 2012, saying: “It is fantastic news that the British Olympic Association has recognised our potential to achieve our very best at London 2012.

“But we haven’t finished yet. Our dream is to vindicate the incredibly hard work we have been doing and make sure not just one but both teams play in London.”

Anyone wanting to go along to Horse Guards Parade for a dress rehearsal to an Olympic event, tickets for the morning and mid-afternoon sessions are available by calling 0844 844 0444.

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