London 2012 Olympic handball: Williams hopes to inspire future stars

Ciaran Williams hopes the home nation's Olympic performances have inspired a new generation of British handballers

By Sportsbeat

Ciaran Williams hopes the home nation’s Olympic performances have inspired a new generation of British handballers.

Team GB were unable to win any of their fixtures, but improved with each game and won over many new fans in the Copper Box at Olympic Park.

Williams, from Bury, says he has already been thrilled with the public’s response to handball during the Olympics, and now he wants a lasting legacy.

“We have got so much to build on going forward, it really is just the beginning for us now as a squad, and hopefully for handball in the UK,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’ve grown up in British handball and I’ve waited for the day when we get two million watching us on TV, and being inundated with people wanting to play the sport.

“Hopefully we can capitalise on that because this could be the beginning of something special over the next 10-15 years.

“I’m hopeful that we will get a positive funding decision that can help us push forward.

“If we have an interest of people coming into the sport, who knows who you could find?

“The future looks so good for us as long as we get the support.”

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