Horsham’s Hawkins selected for Olympics

JPCT 180612 Mark Hawkins carried Olympic torch. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 180612 Mark Hawkins carried Olympic torch. Photo by Derek Martin
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Mark Hawkins’ call up to the GB handball squad for the London Olympics has been confirmed this morning.

The 26-year-old from Horsham has been named as part of a 14-man squad, which will be the host nation’s first ever team at the Games. Another Sussex athlete, Seb Prieto, from Crowborough is also in the squad.

Mark said: “It is an absolute honour to be selected to the GB Men’s Handball team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Words can’t describe the feeling, it is the peak of any athlete’s career and it is a privilege to be able to compete on that stage on home soil. Everybody in the squad has worked unbelievably hard to get us to this point and will continue to do so to ensure we give our best possible performance in London.”

The GB team face a tough test in the Games, they play against reigning Olympic champions France, before meeting Sweden, Argentina, Tunisia and Beijing’s silver-medallists Iceland in their pool. The top four will go through to the knockout stages.