After carrying the Olympic torch in the spring of 2012, Everton goalie Sandy MacIver will be representing her country at the quadrennial event.
The 22-year-old this past week was named one of four reserves included in team GB’s roster for the tournament — scheduled to begin in July. She will travel with the 18-player roster this summer.
“I was quite apprehensive to open the selection email but to have received the great news made me speechless,” MacIver said. “To also be alongside the best players across the home nations will be a really exciting and unique experience.”
Can’t believe I’m going to an Olympics Excited for an experience like no other https://t.co/X5zab4tMpb— Sandy (@SandyMacIver_) May 27, 2021
After a standout year for the Blues, during which she helped lead the team to a top-half finish and a run to the FA Cup final, MacIver reflected on what the selection means to her.
“The Olympics wasn’t something I thought was a realistic goal last year, but I feel lucky and grateful that I had the chance to put myself into contention,” she said. “My focus all season was on my performances for Everton, I didn’t want to worry myself about the Olympics with something I couldn’t control.”
The Olympic selection comes after earning her first cap with the Lionesses back on February 23 against Northern Ireland.
“My senior debut was a special day for me and one I’m extremely proud of. To then cap the season off with Olympic selection is something I only dreamed of,” she said. “No matter what team you’re a part of, it gives you a boost in confidence when the management team shows faith in you. It gives you added motivation to show them they made the right choice.”
Everton Manager Willie Kirk was equally excited for his young keeper. “I’m delighted,” he said. “The experience will be invaluable, and I’m sure we will get the benefits of that post-Olympics.”