TO THE untrained eye of her extended family, Holly Lam-Moores’ chances of representing Britain at this summer’s Olympics appeared in tatters over Christmas.
But despite appearances suggesting otherwise – Lam-Moores is wearing a giant protective boot on her left foot – the Burnley handball player insists her Olympic ambitions are alive and kicking.
A stress reaction in a bone in her left foot, first noticed in early December, is keeping the 21-year-old off the court until early March.
And, while Lam-Moores’ Christmas turkey was punctuated by nervous questions surrounding her fitness, she is adamant it will take more than an injury setback to scupper her Olympic dreams.
“If my foot had actually broken I would be in trouble, but I will be fine,” said Lam-Moores.
“It’s been really frustrating over Christmas and in general because we have been trying to find the problem for a long time.
“And it’s extra frustrating because it is now 2012 but the doctors and physiotherapists have assured me it will be no more than four to six weeks from now on and that gives me plenty of time to get back in the game.
“There was never any panic really because we had a scan early on and that showed that it could have been a lot worse and we have caught it in time.
“If the stress reaction that I had in the bone had been left any longer and if it had fractured then that probably would have been it for London 2012.
“Everybody was fretting over Christmas when I was around people’s houses.
“They were saying ‘oh no are you going to be able to play?’ but the boot looks a lot worse than what is going on.
“The boot looks a bit crazy and I can’t wait to come back because I am getting a bit frustrated.”
By a lucky twist of fate Lam-Moores’ injury lay-off has coincided with a period of consolidation for the national side where they are taking on Norwegian club sides rather than any international teams.
Their next international showdowns come with games against Brazil, Norway and Poland at the end of March and Lam-Moores is confident she’ll be involved, if only to avoid the ‘pain’ of her swimming rehab.
“Training is really frustrating at the minute, I have to swim without my legs and the pool at Crystal Palace is in a bad location because the girls are doing their handball training very close by,” she added.
“I can hear them training while I have to swim up and down. I am used to it now but I don’t want to get used to it for much longer and I want to be back for the international matches at the end of March.”
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