Avril McNamee says her win at the 2018 World Handball Championships yesterday was the ‘sweetest’ of all.
McNamee had previously beaten Julie Creemers and Linda Connolly.
Remarkably, her first game in Minnesota marked her return after almost six weeks out of action with sickness.
“This one is the sweetest, given everything that has gone on,” McNamee said.
“This was the one I wanted.
“It means a lot. The last few months, my whole team knows, haven’t been easy. A couple of times I didn’t think I’d be able to come out and didn’t think I’d hold out physically.
“Prior to my first game, I hadn’t struck a ball in five or six weeks. I didn’t know how it would go. I used the first round games to find my touch with the ball again.
“I came with not a lot of expectation, but game-by-game, I started to get stronger and found my groove. A lot of doubts flagged up, but we made the decision to go and give it a bash.
“I knew if I could stay physically right that I could be in with a shot. Once you get onto a competitive stage, adrenaline takes over and that’s what happens. I’m buzzing with it.”
Listen to the full interview below …