Q&A with....Lynn McCafferty
LOFTY AMBITIONS: Great Britain captain Lynn McCafferty hopes the British team will raise the profile of the sport at the London 2012 Olympics
Q - What kind of legacy are you guys hoping you can leave at London 2012?
A - We hope that handball will become well known and that when you say you play handball the other person won't look at you strangely. We are already making small steps toward the exposure of handball which is definitely helping.
I want to come back and continue to play (a little) and be able to coach in the schools. The league in the UK will never be as good as in European countries due to the fact that there is no money for handball just now. However, to have a more people playing and a better standard and better competition will be a huge achievement.
Q - What is your happiest handball memory?
A - It is definitely surprising nearly everyone by beating Finland in the Liverpool Echo Arena in September 2009, in front of a home crowd of 1,200 and getting through to the group stages of the European Qualifiers. It was a great feeling!
Q - What advice would you give to any youngster thinking of taking up handball?
A - DO IT! It's such an enjoyable sport. It's energetic, aggressive, and dynamic with lots of contact. It's a great team sport; in fact, it's the perfect team sport. And of course you play indoors so there's no need to worry about the weather. Also, it's a great way to meet friends and future husbands or wives.
Q - What other sport would you be playing if you weren't playing handball?
A - Any other team sport but only at a leisurely level. It's always been handball from a young age. I also played netball and hockey when I was young though.
Q - You recently played a home match against France at Crystal Palace National Centre. What was it like playing in front of a home crowd again?
A - It is such a good feeling. This time the crowd was a little smaller but they were closer to the cour,t so you could hear your family and friends. As a team we are still developing and we rely on our fighting sprit to carry us through our matches. Having a home crowd to egg you on definitely makes us fight more and play better.
It is also a great opportunity for the British Handball community to see good handball teams and also to see how we are progressing.
We are all looking forward to our other two matches at home.