Australia coach Sandy Brondello is confident her Opals players have the mentality to handle the disruption and chaos leading in to this year’s Olympics.
The Opals will head to Tokyo as genuine gold medal contenders and Brondello believes being “comfortable in the uncomfortable” will be key at the COVID-19 affected Games.
“We all talk about culture, but we think our culture is one of the best,” Brondello told AAP.
“These players, they’re Australians, they’re kind of easy … we have the values that we live by that we think if we can live and breathe them every single day we know we have an opportunity to win a gold medal.
“A lot more goes into it. You have to have a bit of luck on the day. You’ve got to stay healthy.
“I mean there are other things, but it’s just making sure that they continue to play together and, hey, why can’t we win gold?”
Brondello is putting the majority of the squad through a week-long camp on the Gold Coast, in what is almost the final chance she’ll have to work with the players before the Olympic tournament in July.
Labelling the camp as “critical” to preparations, Brondello said regardless of the nature of the event it’s important her players understand and grasp that the tournament remains a rare shot at Olympic glory.
“The thing is it’s an Olympic Games … this comes every four years, five years in this case,” she said.
“As players this is what all little girls dream of.
“People say you’ve come back from another quarantine? Yes, because I love what I do.
“To come back and get my hands on this team, because I’m excited about what we can do.”