The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced fourteen players selected to compete for the British women’s handball team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will go down in history as the first players to represent the British team in the sport of handball at the Olympics.
The handball players selected for Team GB today are:
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Although it made its Olympic debut in 1936, handball has only been a regular part of the Olympic program since 1972 and London 2012 marks the British team’s first Olympic appearance, in both women’s and men’s competitions.
Although relatively unknown in Britain, handball is the most popular women’s team sport in Europe, and British handball figures show the game’s popularity is on the rise, with a 600% increase in participation in recent years.
The GB Handball performance program was established in 2006, following London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The team have made exceptional progress over the past six years to prove that they are now capable of delivering credible and competitive performances against the strongest handball nations in the world.
Great Britain’s women’s team have recorded a number of high-profile victories in the build-up to the Games, including victory over African champions Angola in last year’s test event in the London 2012 Handball Arena, called the Copper Box.
The squad, many of whom have made great personal sacrifices to move to their central training base at Crystal Palace, will face Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Brazil and Angola in the group stage. of the Olympic tournament.
With their Olympic debut this summer, Team GB Handball aims to inspire future generations to take up handball and leave a lasting legacy for the sport in the UK. While Team GB qualified for London 2012 via a place in the host country, their ambition is to qualify for future Olympic Games in their own right.
The addition of the handball players brings to 261 the total number of athletes officially selected to compete for Team GB at London 2012 in twenty-three sports: archery, athletics – marathon, badminton, boxing, slalom canoeing, canoeing sprint, cycling, diving. , fencing, handball, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and weightlifting.
The athletes have been officially nominated at the BOA for selection to Team GB by British Handball, the national governing body for handball in the UK.
Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission, said:
UK handball performance manager Lorraine Brown said:
GB Handball captain Lynn McCafferty said:
Team GB Handball goalkeeper Jane Mayes said: