Grant lends a hand to boostEnglandbid
HANDBALL DANIEL Grant has been selected to play for England in the World Handball Championships.
A member of the Kol Chai Synagogue in Hatch End and ex-regional chair of AJ6, Grant, will compete in the championships in Turin in November.
“It fills me with an enormous sense of pride to represent my country,” he said. “We are not expecting too much this year, so we will hit the competition with nothing to lose.”
The 22-year-old began playing a threewall version of fives called Eton Fives at primary school. At secondary school he took up the faster rugby fives, which is similar to squash, and went on to win the national schools singles championships in 2003. He has gone on to reach the finals of the BUSA and National Under 25 championships.
Grant, who has also coached the sport for three years, believes it can help combine social and physical skills. “It is so simple, a tremendous amount of fun and it is very good exercise,” he said. “As players use their hands and not a racket, you do not get many of the injuries associated with tennis or squash. It is a very natural game.”
Handyman: Daniel Grant