Danson homing in on GB goals
Great Britain star Alex Danson's bid to get fit for this summer's Olympics is being driven on by the buzz of scoring in front of a home crowd.
Danson was forced off with a shoulder injury in the final of the test event on Sunday and feared the worst having had similar problems in the past.
The Reading forward had already scored one brilliant goal in the gold medal win over Argentina to take her tally to three in the four-game tournament.
Now scans have revealed no serious damage the 26-year-old is keen to return to the Olympic Park venue in July to repeat the feat on the biggest stage.
"Ever since I was a kid I've loved scoring goals and I am always happy when the ball goes in the back of the net," Danson said.
"To score a goal and hear that volume just go mad in the stadium for the next 10 minutes you are on a high and you want to go get another one.
"There is no such thing as a bad goal and I don't mind who scores - as long as we score more than the opposition that's okay."
Olympic selection will be confirmed next Friday and it is inconceivable Danson will not be in the final 16, even if she is struggling to be fit for next month's London Cup - at which coach Danny Kerry will play his Olympic squad.
She remains GB's greatest threat up front but Danson has no plans to ease off to ensure no further setbacks.
"I had a scan on Wednesday and it is pretty positive," said the Beijing Olympian, who has teamed up with Philips to promote the ActionFit Sports headphones range.
"But it will be a case of rehab for the next few weeks and I'll be back, pending selection, ready in time for the Olympics.
"It would be a bonus if I make the London Cup.
"But it is not in any of our natures to ease off. It (injury) comes with sport and it can be cruel when these things occasionally happen.
"But we wouldn't be the team we are if we didn't train with the intensity we do.
"We won't be holding back in training because I completely believe the more I train the better I will be.
"I think we are the fittest team in the entire world and our fitness starts from the front as teams cannot get through us.
"We have a world-class players in defence and a world-class team defence and obviously Beth Storry in goal had an outstanding week at the test event."
That team ethic is replicated throughout all aspects of their training and matches.
"We cannot win unless every single one of us is on our A game," added Danson.
"In our squad and team there is no hierarchy, there is no one more important than anyone else and that is why I think we do so well.
"We rely on one another, not just one individual, and that is why we can be successful."