Burnley handball star selected for Olympics!

OLYMPIC CALL: Holly Lam-Moores
OLYMPIC CALL: Holly Lam-Moores

BURNLEY-BORN Holly Lam-Moores will help make history as one of the first ever to represent Team GB in handball at the Olympics.

The British Olympic Association announced the 14-strong squad to compete at the London 2012 Games yesterday, with the 21-year-old having her selection rubber-stamped, having been part of a pool of 22, which was whittled down.

Holly said earlier this year: “We’re not expecting to go to Olympics and win any medals because we are obviously behind the other teams in terms of how long the sport has been going for in this country. We want to put in good performances though and try and win as many matches as we can.

“The idea is to use the Olympics to create a handball legacy here in the UK.

“With the coverage we will get through London 2012, it is important everything is in place afterwards to deal with the sudden demand, and we want to help as much as possible.”

The GB women’s team have recorded a number of high-profile victories in the build up to the Games, including a win over African champions Angola at last year’s test event in the London 2012 Handball Arena, named the Copper Box.

The squad members, many of whom have made great personal sacrifices to relocate to their central training base at Crystal Palace, will face Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Brazil and Angola in the group stage of the Olympic tournament.