Grant lends a hand to boost­Eng­land­bid

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

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

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