Olympic Outlook: ‘I’ve been selected to be a Torchbearer, it’s such an honour’
It’s been a busy month since my last blog on The Independent with plenty going on in the world of Handball. I have been injured since December but finally made it back on the court a couple of weeks ago for a training game. I’m pleased to say the foot held up well and is giving me no grief, so hopefully I can put the last three months behind me and refocus on the Olympics. Being injured in the lead up to the Games isn’t easy; you’re in a black hole and you question your spot on the team and whether you will make it back in time, but those worries are long gone now as I am back to full strength!
Training is really ramping up and last week we went to Harlequins Rugby Club to meet up with some of the guys and have a training session with them. I have never played rugby before and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Me and the team were given a master class in rugby and it was great fun – we took on Danny Care, Ugo Monye and Nick Evans on the pads, although I can’t say we managed to move them far! After a few minutes of rugby it’s fair to say a few of us were knackered, although we weren’t prepared for what we saw from the rugby team after a five minute handball lesson with them - they were in a much worse state! It just shows you the different types of fitness and skill set each sport requires, although it was satisfying to know they wouldn’t last in our sport.
We’ve also been getting some good practice in against some European sides ahead of the Olympics. Last week Norway and Brazil were over in the UK to get a taste of Olympic Park and the Handball Arena and we took the opportunity to play some friendly matches against them there. Norway are the current Olympic, World and European Champions in handball so it was fantastic to have a chance to train with, and compete against, them. We played against them well and lost by pretty small margins. Given we have a 50 per cent chance of playing Norway in our first game come the Olympics, it was a valuable match for us and the result definitely gave us a confidence boost. The following day we took on Brazil, who came fifth at the World Championships in December. We played a super first half but ended up losing the match 30-18 thanks to a poor second half. But not all was lost and I scored twice against Brazil and once against Norway last week which means I am now the second highest goal scorer for the GB team; a position I really hope to maintain leading up to the Olympic Games!
Outside of handball I had some great news that I was going to be a Torchbearer on the Olympic Torch Relay. My teammate Lynn McCafferty and I were both selected through the British Handball Association to carry the Torch and I will be running my leg on the 2nd June in the Isle of Man. It’s such an honour and running with the Torch so close to the Games is really going to get me excited for the Olympics. Now I just have to make sure I’m on that team when the selections are made.
Holly Lam-Moores is a Lloyds TSB Local Heroes. In partnership with SportsAid, the programme provides support and funding to 346 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroesTagged in: 2012, games, London Olympics, olympics
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