Byl keen to hand something back

09 August 2012 / 16:47

Lyn Byl is determined to help put something back into handball in this country after calling time on her playing career.

The 32-year-old, born in Germany to an English mother, retired after Great Britain exited the women's handball competition at the preliminary stage on Sunday, ending 15 years on the handball court at the top level.

The last four of those have been with the GB development programme, which was set up with the specific intention of creating a side to compete at London 2012, and although results in the Copper Box were not ideal, the way the British public has taken to handball means that the Games go down as a success.

And as Byl plans a new life as a physiotherapist in Cologne, she hopes her involvement with British Handball does not end there. She told Press Association Sport: "When I went to my first camp in 2008 I was thinking more about whether I wanted to play at this high level until I was 32 rather than whether I wanted to play for GB.

"This opportunity to go to the Olympics was great and when I had my first camp I knew I really wanted to do it. It wasn't a hard decision to come to to London and it was amazing. But now I will stop playing handball. I want to stay involved with GB at some level whether that is as a physio, coaching or at youth level.

"I need to talk about that, but I just want to do something with GB handball because I got a lot out of it and I want to give something back."

Byl was sad to call time on her career and say goodbye to her team-mates, adding: "It was emotional after the last match, that was quite hard, but when I start working full-time for the first time in my life, that's when the change will hit me.

"My heart is in handball so I don't know what to expect, but I have played handball at the top level for 15 years now so my body is ready for a break. I can't finish better than this, why should I play in the league for another year, when I have just played at the Olympics.

"It is really sad to leave. The team spirit has been brilliant and it will be really hard to leave the girls, but I know we will stay in touch."