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Issue 131 August 12 2010

Life in the Fast Lane for GB Pivot McDermott GREAT Britain handball star Chris McDermott has been picked to receive a bursary from the Jaguar Academy of Sport, and recently attended a presentation day and celebration of the next generation of top British sporting talent. McDermott, from the Wirral, was one of 35 athletes from several sports to attend the day at the glamorous Hurlingham Club in Fulham, where he was presented with his bursary from the Jaguar Academy of Sport before getting to tour the venue and try out several top of the range Jaguars for size as part of a major luxury and supercar show. A key part of the Great Britain handball team which is aiming to

Williams Hands Out Awards GREAT Britain handball captain Ciaran Williams attended the Rochdale Borough Sports Awards, presenting prizes to some of the country’s top sportsman and women. Williams presented the award for Sports Achiever of the Year, which went to sailor Matthew Mee who has won a string of national and international events in the last year. Matthew was away training and could not attend the awards, but his dad Roger received the award from Williams on his son’s behalf.

compete at the 2012 Olympics in London, McDermott’s bursary award will help him chase his dream of Great Britain handball ace Chris McDermott tries out reaching the games. a James Bond car. The 21-year-old pivot, whose previous clubs include Essen was a great day and really good to in the German Bundesliga, recently meet so many other sportsmen and signed a four-year contract to play in women, and some sporting heroes too. Slovenia. “It was an amazing day, and I got to “It’s great to have this support sit in some fantastic cars - including a from Jaguar,” said McDermott. “It Bond car!”

Wanted: Games Makers! THE time is now! If you want to volunteer to help make the London 2012 Olympic Games the best ever, you need to sign up NOW to make sure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has launched their Games Maker Programme, which aims to make sure that everyone who wants to play a part can do so. People who have already expressed an interest in helping with the handball competitions can apply now to formalise their interest, while the scheme for general volunteers won’t be opened until September 15. For more details about the Games Maker programme, click here

England Senior Trials PLAYERS eligible to play for England are invited to attend a training camp in preparation for the Home Nations Four Team Tournament in Scotland in October. The event will be held on a date to be announced, and clubs are being asked to nominate players they feel are good enough to make the grade. Players must be registered and training with a competitive club and playing regularly at a minimum of EHA National League First Division level, and you should be able to commit to all the dates in the programme. Although there is some subsidy of the programme, some accommodation costs may need to be paid by the player. For more information, please go to

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Issue 131 August 12 2010

Great Britain Ace Relishing Liverpool Challenge INTERNATIONAL handball ace Kathryn Fudge is preparing to return to her native North West as the Great Britain team get ready to play host to Italy, Portugal and Switzerland in a Four Nations Tournament at the Echo Arena in Liverpool from September 23-25. Fudge, a 20-year-old left back from Bury, has fond memories of the Echo Arena, having scored there against Finland to help Great Britain reach the qualifying round of the 2010 European Championship.

Brilliant “Playing in Liverpool will be special for two reasons,” said Fudge, pictured. “The last time we played there we won and qualified for Europe. It was one of the biggest wins ever for a GB handball team. “And secondly playing in the North West is a real home match for me being from Bury. It allows for my family to be able to come and watch, and also so all my old friends can come too which is just brilliant.

“I have lots of friends coming and for them this will be the first time they have seen handball, and so will be amazing for them to actually see what I'm doing first hand. “The tournament itself will be interesting and close. We’ve already beaten Portugal this year, so this could be a really good tournament for us. “And it’s a great chance for us to play some good handball and promote the sport to people from across the North!” Great Britain will play Portugal in their opening match on September 23, and then go on to play Switzerland on September 24 and Italy on September 25. Kathryn has ten international caps for Great Britain, and will be keen to

get back into international action after missing the final two Euro 2010 matches against Austria and France through injury. She plays her domestic handball in Norway for Asker, near Oslo. Tickets are available from the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or at

Olympic Handball Services Manager Wanted DO YOU want to play a key role in the handball competition at the London 2012 Olympics? If so, you may be interested in applying for the newly-created role of Handball and Goalball Services Manager. The post is based at the offices of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) at Canary Wharf in London, and is a unique chance for the right candidate to get involved in a home Olympics.

The two sports of handball and goalball have been combined, because the two take place at different times, but use the same facilities and venue. The job advert states that: “The Handball and Goalball Event Management Team’s responsibilities include planning and organising the handball and goalball competitions and developing the competition schedules; providing sports specific input into the briefs for competition venue design, planning and management; identifying and

providing sports specific input into the briefs for venue design; planning and management of training venues; and planning and conducting the Test Events.” If you think you are right for the job, you can apply here

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Handball News, August 12 2010