Waters will use disappointment of 2010 Commonwealth Games as motivation this year (From Enfield Independent)
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Enfield's Alison Waters says she will use the disappointment of an enforced exit at the 2010 Commonwealth Games as an extra motivational tool this time around
Enfield squash star Alison Waters will use the disappointment of her injury-disrupted 2010 Commonwealth Games as an extra motivation when she competes in the summers' Games in Glasgow.
Waters, 30, has been included in England's nine-strong squash team for the Games, which begin in the Scottish capital on July 23.
The world number six says she will use the disappointment of her forced exit four years ago as additional motivation in her quest for medals.
"This will be my third Commonwealths and I'm always proud to be with team England again," said Waters. "Obviously the Commonwealths are our Olympics, so one of the highlights of our careers really.
"I got injured in the semis of the singles and then pulled out and had to miss the doubles [in 2010]. Last time was a disappointment so it gives me extra incentive to want to do well and I'd really love to get a medal. I’m really looking forward it."
Approaching 'veteran' status ahead of her third games, Waters admits her first Games were an eye-opener: "The first one I played in Melbourne that was such a different experience, the Commonwealths, the whole atmosphere and being part of team England and being in the village and in the first one I was like 'Wow'.
"I was young then and it was all new and exciting and it's still exciting now but I'm more experienced now so I can almost put that to one side and concentrate on the squash and that will hopefully put me in good stead," mused Waters.
Unlike the last two Games - held in Delhi in 2010 and Melbourne in 2006 - Team England will not have far to travel for what is effectively a 'home' Games and Waters says she will enjoy the novelty of competing so close to home.
"I know my mum is coming with her friend and someone is coming up from my squash club," said Waters.
"It's quite nice; we won't have to travel far and we can have friends and family come and watch us play which is quite nice and quite a rare thing really as we're abroad quite a lot and obviously it's expensive when friends and family come.
One aspect which has not been radically altered since four years ago in India is the make-up of the Team England squad, with Emma Beddoes and Adrian Grant the only changes to the squad, something Waters believes will bring cause for optimism for England.
"We're a strong team and pretty similar to what we had last time," noted Waters.
"We did well medal-wise last time and we've obviously got Nick whose number one and he'll be favourite for the men. The doubles is open, so anyone could really win. We're looking to go there and get quite a few medals really."
As far as Waters' own chances of claiming a first Commonwealth medal go, the three-time National Championships winner feels she has every reason to be in the final reckoning for medals.
"If I can go there and play well I don't see why I haven't got a good chance of getting on the podium," stated Waters. "In the women's I should be third or fourth seed but it's on the day, if I can play well in that then I've got a chance.
"The doubles, it's fairly open but I'd like to think I've got a fairly good chance in all events really," she added.
Waters heads into Games following a semi-final defeat in the British Open in Hull last month, where she lost out to eventual winner Nicole David in the semi-finals but is still keen to accentuate the positives.
"My preparation hadn't been that great going into it so at the start of the winter I'd definitely have taken semis. Losing to Nicole, obviously she's number one, so it's always going to be tough. At least I finished the season then as a semi-finalist as I build up to the Commonwealths."
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