A woman has revealed she is moving to Germany to chase her Olympic dream.
According to reports in the Leicester Mercury, Jenn Taylor is determined to compete in the 2012 games, to be held in London. She is part of Great Britain’s women’s volleyball team.
As well as getting ready to head to foreign shores, the sporting enthusiast has also given up a well paid job working in schools in order to try to achieve her goal.
The reason she has decided to make the transition to another country is so she can ensure she plays in enough games before the deadline for the Olympics.
She said: “It means I will be playing week in, week out, getting matches on a regular basis, which is what we all need. The level is far higher than we can find in England.”
Commenting on the prospect of moving to Germany, she added: “It is a massive challenge for everyone. For me, I’ll be taking a huge pay cut and living in a country with people I’ve never met.”
The original plan was to send Ms Taylor and all her team mates to one country to prepare. However, this fell through due to a lack of funding.
Instead, they are being sent to a number of different nations – potentially meaning some will be moving to France.
Meanwhile, talking about her dedication to the task ahead, Ms Taylor remarked: “The sacrifices are huge and I have not underestimated them, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
She added she would regret it if she did not put in the maximum effort to achieve her aim. This may well be a sentiment shared by the rest of the team, including those moving to France and other countries.
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