Burnley-born star to end her foreign exile for London 2012

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BURNLEY-born handball player Holly Lam-Moores insists the end of her foreign exile can’t come soon enough as she and Great Britain get set to up their London 2012 Olympic preparations.

The 20-year-old has been plying her trade outside the UK for nearly four years, featuring for a host of Scandinavian teams, the most recent professionally for Danish outfit Sonderjyske.

Lam-Moores will come to the end of her contract next month where, if all goes to plan, she will return home and join forces with her British teammates who would have all done the same.

The British Olympic Association, after much deliberation, officially confirmed back in January that they would allow Lam-Moores and co to take up the hosts’ places to play in London.

And with just 500 days to go until 2012 on March 15th, Lam-Moores admits getting the foreign-based British players back and preparing together will be vital in them fulfilling their Olympic ambitions.

“I’m currently playing in the Danish league, but my contract finishes in April when I’m heading back over to Britain for our first training camp this year,” said Lam-Moores.

“The general plan is that every British player moves back to Britain so we can spend a whole year just training together as a team.

“I’m not sure what is going to happen though. There are a few of us playing in handball leagues not just in Denmark but elsewhere in Scandinavia.

“There’s a chance that we might stay out here and continue to test ourselves against the best but I would love to move back and train together as a squad.

“Our aim is to finish in the top eight at the Olympics and to do that we need to be able to compete against the top teams in the world like France and Austria.

“We have already made some huge improvements as a team and we’d be the only national team that gets the chance to train all together for a whole year.”

As well as the BOA’s decision allowing Britain’s handballers to compete in London, Lam-Moores has also witnessed the release of the schedule and announcement of test events over the past two months.

Lam-Moores will get to trial the Handball Arena in the Olympic Park at the end of November, but has stressed that while the 2012 Games are the main priority, they aren’t the be all and end all.

“The Olympics in London are an amazing opportunity, a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so excited to do well but just as important is establishing the legacy of this sport,” she added.

“No-one expects us to do well so you might think that there’s no pressure on us but we want to establish handball in this country.

“I don’t want people to go back to what they were doing before once London 2012 is gone, I’m still young, I want to compete at other Olympics and good results will bring more publicity so the pressure is on us.”

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