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Handball - 23. February 2011.

GB Handball Captain Lynn McCafferty speaks of 2012 preparations

WITH just three months to go until the Great Britain women’s team are
based in London, captain Lynn McCafferty has spoken of her excitement
at ‘Project Homecoming’ and the benefits it will give to the team as they
prepare for the London Olympics next year.

Handball’s Coming Home: GB captain Lynn
McCafferty is looking forward to the team’s move
to Crystal Palace later this year.
McCafferty has lived apart from her
husband for five years as she chases her
dreams. But apart from the obvious
benefit of being closer to her home in
Cumbernauld, she is looking forward to
the extra progress the team will make
thanks to living and training together
permanently in the run-up to the games.
“I have mixed feelings about Project
Homecoming but mostly really happy and
positive about the next step in our
adventure,” she said of the move to
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre,
where GLL will help the players with top
class training and work opportunities.
“Leaving Denmark will be sad as I have
made some really good friends here.
Although I have had highs and lows with
the handball I know I will miss it very much.

“The experience I have gained while
being here has been absolutely priceless
and I can only look back in awe and be
thankful about how lucky I have been. I
have been training with some world class
players and have learned so much just by
being part of the same training session.”
Returning to the UK a year earlier than
planned has come as a surprise and a
bonus to all the members of the team who
had moved overseas to chase their
handball dream, but McCafferty perhaps
left most behind.

“I can’t contain how ecstatic I am about
coming home a year early! After five years
of living away from home I can’t actually
believe that I will only be a mere hour away
from visiting my husband!
“But of course my happy feelings are not
all personal!

“I am 100 per cent sure that the squad
will improve leaps and bounds by being
together more often. We are always
playing much better together near the end
of the training camps, and it seems like 10
days just isn’t enough.

“It’s great that we have all gained
experience in different handball cultures, but
now it is time to bring it together and make it
work.

“We will also all be better supported in
London by all the staff, such as our Strength
and Conditioning coach. The things he
implements on camps can now be done more
often under expert supervision thus making
us even fitter, stronger and faster.”
Aside from the difficulties of living in a
different country, something else the players
will not miss is the unfavourable exchange
rate.

Positive
“Financially I will be in a better situation as
well as the others,” said McCafferty. “We
receive our support money in GB pounds, but
spending it on Danish Kroner or Norwegian
Kroner means it doesn’t go far at all after the
exchange rate and bank charges.
“This is a massive positive for the players
who have been financially struggling for such
a long time. Of course we will now have the
opposite situation for our foreign-based
players, but I am sure with us living in London
a year before the Olympics will be positive
exposure for potential sponsors which will
help us fund our living and training costs.”
And while many of the talented British
players will want to continue playing
handball overseas, McCafferty - who will be
33 when she plays at the Olympics - will be
staying firmly at home in Scotland.
“After 2012 I am 100 per cent going back
home! I have not lived together with my
husband as man and wife and I am desperate
to just be at home.

“I already have some plans in place with
regards to handball, my career - and of
course starting a family. I am also very
excited to see what opportunities arise after
the Olympics, that’s going to be really
exciting!”
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