Lynne Beattie and Mel Coutts - barnstorming Scots on Gold Coast beach
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With snow piling up against the door and the smog of icy breath filtering through the air, Lynne Beattie prises open this most unlikely high performance hub and takes shelter from the freeze outside. In recent weeks, she and her volleyballing cohort Mel Coutts have understandably dreamed of the sun-kissed beaches of Queensland which will soon become their frost-free playground. Here, tucked away behind a row of cottages on the outskirts of Edinburgh, lie the simulators where the Scottish duo have been preparing for what awaits on the other side of the world.