Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Daniel McMillan - GB Handball team for London 2012 Olympics
(image (c) British Handball)
SHIOW: How did you get into the sport?
DM: I got into Handball through the Talent Identification Program (TID) that the BOA set up to transfer athletes from other sports into Olympic sports. After an online application I attended a number of trials to see if my sporting skills would transfer into Handball.
SHIOW: What is your most notable achievements to date?
DM: Playing International competition for Great Britain in two sports, American Football and also Handball only having played the sport for a little over 3 years.
SHIOW: Tell us about your most notable recent achievements?
DM: GB’s first official win against a competitive European nation, Bulgaria. This was our first game played on home soil in Crystal Palace, London back in June 2010. It was an amazing feeling to win against a competitive Handball nation such as Bulgaria in a tight contested match in front of a home crowd.
SHIOW: What targets have you set yourself for 2011?
DM: Individual and Team improvements in the preparation for the 2012 games. To do this we need to play more international matches against tough opponents from all across the globe in order to play against all the different styles of Handball playing nations.
SHIOW: What are your targets for next 3 years
DM: To compete at the 2012 games and to Challenge in the Euros and World Qualifiers.
SHIOW: What is the biggest challenge you have faced to date?
DM: Playing 14 games in the German Bundesliga back in 2009 (best league in the World) only after one year of playing the sport. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came about because of the team, TUSEM Essen needed players who weren't contracted to come, play and finish off the second half of their 2008/2009 season. Because of my physicality I showed promise in Defence and was used as a Defensive Specialist against some of the best players in the World.
SHIOW: What is your favourite sporting moment?
DM: Winning against Bulgaria in June 2010 at the European Qualifiers
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
DM: Keep on moving forward no matter how many problems you face! It will only make you a stronger person in the end.
SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without?
DM: My laptop. With the amount I travel it becomes my most useful possession.
SHIOW: Who is your sporting hero?
DW: Dick Butkus #51 Hall of Fame for the Chicago Bears NFL
SHIOW: And finally, if you have to described yourself in 10 words, what would they be?
DW: Hard Working, Honest, Tough, Durable, Adventurous, Patient, Friendly, Approachable, Understanding, Experienced
Sports Development Officer (Performance)