McCafferty relishing final assignment

25 July 2012 / 17:18

Great Britain women's handball captain Lynn McCafferty is preparing to bring her playing career to "a very fitting end".

The 33-year-old Scot will retire after leading Team GB into their first ever Olympic Games on home soil in London, bringing an end to 23 years in the game.

Having started playing the sport aged 10, McCafferty has given much of her life to British Handball and made the sacrifice of chasing the Olympic dream by living away from her husband Gary for much of the last six years.

So for her swansong to be at an Olympic Games seems a perfect reward for McCafferty.

"I think it is a very fitting end," she told Press Association Sport. "Sometimes I wish I was a little bit younger so I could carry on but on the other hand I am very proud of what I have done to get to where I am.

"If I hadn't started at 10, if the development programme had come along earlier, would I be where I am now? I don't know.

"But I am extremely honoured and proud to be here. I never dreamed about playing for Great Britain at the Olympics, I just dreamed of playing handball for as long as I could and always trying to be the best at my sport."

After the Games McCafferty will move her focus on to helping handball become a success in Great Britain and, having lived all over Europe over the last six months, sharing rooms with up to five girls and sleeping on the floor, she is relishing the chance to get back to normal life in Selkirk.

"I am happy with how my career went but I am also going to be happy to go home and live my life," she added.

"My role now will be helping developing handball rather than being on the court. My body is telling me to stop now; it is time to let the kids have a go."