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Washing a problem but rain is not

19 July 2012

Washing machines have caused one hockey player to miss their flight and a basketballer to drown her phone but the rain is not a problem for the Aussie athletes in London.

When our women’s hockey team arrived into the Village on Tuesday they were a player short, with midfielder Hope Munro missing the flight from Perth!

Munro, who made her comeback in late 2011 after retiring ahead of the 2010 World Cup, accidently damaged her passport the night before the flight by putting it through the washing machine. Her passport photo was so damaged she was unable to leave the country.

Basketball debutant Jenna O’Hea also had a washing incident putting her mobile phone through the wash in Sheffield during their recent tournament.

Munro organised a replacement passport and left Australia on Wednesday with the men’s hockey team.  It wasn’t all bad news for her though as she was at least able to enjoy some more family time with her brother Kiel Brown, a 2008 Olympian and travelling reserve for London 2012.

An English journalist asked Australia’s athletes at Wednesday’s press conference if London’s wet, cold summer would be a problem for the Aussies.

"This is normal, isn't it?" canoeist Kynan Maley said. 

Fellow canoe slalom competitor Jessica Fox, basketballers Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage, and Hockeyroos Madonna Blyth and Casey Eastham, are not concerned.

"We're a water sports event," Maley noted with a shrug. "We play indoors," added Cambage, before Blyth rounded out the comments: "We play on a water-based pitch."

"We've been here for six weeks on and off and the weather's been like this quite a bit of the time, but the venue's pretty well capable of handling it and we've got the right gear to do our jobs so there's no concern there," Maley said.

The UK has already had 71.8mm of rain in July, more than the average rainfall for the month, with only 26 per cent of the average amount of sunshine and an average temperature of 13.7C, 1.1C lower than average.

Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Nick Green is not alone in drawing comparisons with Australia's winter.

The Met Office, Britain's national weather service, says sunny weather should return in time for the Opening Ceremony on Friday the 27th of July.

Hopefully lessons have been learnt and washing loads checked in the Village long before then.

Olympics.com.au

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