Lynne Beattie – the right prescription for Team GB

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, this 26 year old is not just a talented volleyball player, but also a qualified pharmacist.

While continuing to play volleyball, the Olympic FIVB Hero made sure she studied hard at school and then went on to university, taking a Masters degree in Pharmacy in 2007. This meant she was unable to compete at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. However, with the Olympics scheduled to be held on home soil, she returned to her first love of volleyball with a passion and started preparing for this historic occasion. The last season she played in Spain at CV Playa de las Canteras, and is excited to do the British volleyball fans proud these Olympics: “I have a pharmacy to go back to, but volleyball is all I want to do right now.”

The hitter of Team Great Britain, who was awarded British Olympic Association (BOA) Athlete of the Year for volleyball in 2009, has just led her team to their first ever Olympic victory – over Algeria – on the second day of the tournament. The Games are also an opportunity for her to meet with and even play against some of her favourite player and personal heroes, such as Ekaterina Gamova, a fellow Olympic FIVB Hero.

We wish Lynne and the rest of her team all the best in London in their endeavours to raise the profile of the sport by going as far as they can in their first ever Olympic Games.

More pictures of Lynne visiting the FIVB Heroes Lounge in London