Olympic Dreams: Heartbreak drives Beckie Herbert on

Beckie Herbert
Herbert could be Jersey's first Olympics competitor since 2000

The heartbreak of missing the Beijing Olympics is driving Jersey hockey player Beckie Herbert on to win a place in London 2012.

Herbert was left out of the Great Britain team in 2008 but is part of the current training squad.

She told BBC Radio Jersey: "I've had the heartbreak of missing an Olympics so that makes it even bigger for me on a personal level.

"Every athlete dreams of going and a home one is an amazing opportunity."

The last competitor from Jersey to make a Games was swimmer Simon Militis, who competed in Sydney in 2000.

Herbert, 25, said: "We've got 31 in our GB hockey training squad and 16 players will be selected.

"I hope if I keep doing the right things and keep working on the things I need to improve on I give myself the best opportunity I can.

"It would be absolutely massive to be playing in London.

"I can't really even describe the feelings it would probably give you to be walking out at the opening ceremony in a year's time."

Beckie Herbert is one of BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Channel Islands News' featured athletes as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build up to London 2012.

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