Canadian pair hoping to silence home crowd on Olympic debut
Even so they know that they will have a number of supporters in the crowd at Horse Guard’s Parade and they expect there to be the odd Maple Leaf flag puncturing a sea of Union Jacks to inspire them to their best when the match begins.
“I think the second we walk out in that stadium it will come together for us on centre court and we will be playing the best volleyball we have been playing,” Reader said.
“We have a lot of fan base coming. Josh’s buddies are coming with hockey sticks and helmets and whatnot. My family is here and that is all that matters for me that my family is here.
“We’ve had the best treatment we’ve ever received, so as it stands right now we are feeling really good and our preparation specifically for each game is as good as it has been.”
The road to the London 2012 Olympic Games has not been easy for the Canadian pair. After they and their compatriots Christian Redmann and Ben Saxton won the NORCECA leg of the Continental Cup, the teams then had a winner-takes-all play-off to decide who would go to London.
The pair believes the torturous route that they had to take will make them more resilient when they face tough periods during their matches in London.
“No country in the world did the trials like this,” Binstock said. “We had to earn our way and now we need to try and build on that momentum. If we had lost that then we wouldn’t be here, so we’ve played with something that big on the line already, we can use that for sure.
“It has been a goal of mine for a long time since I started playing and a goal of ours since we came together as team. Now we’ve achieved that we are happy about it, but now we have to reset our goal and try to achieve that as well.
“We want to get out of our pool, then hopefully top 10 and then get on the podium. It’s a short term goal followed by a long-term goal.”
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