on 11/6/2008 11:17 PM
TILT was interviewing and conducting a photoshoot for Ms. Mary Ang, President of Handball Federation Singapore, when she posed this question to us.
"You’re standing in a court, surrounding with players, waiting for a small object to come flying in your direction. Suddenly you see it, and you quickly run out to it and try to catch it before sprinting 3 more steps and throwing it with all your might. Are you:
playing captain's ball?
NO! You’re playing handball!"
Through this session, we grew to learn more about handball. Handball is a popular, spectacular, dynamic and exciting sport. It requires speed, strength, power, stamina, endurance, fitness and above all teamwork. Over 15 million people play the game in approximately 140 countries around the world. It is a wonderful mixture of soccer, basketball and a few water polo tactics thrown in. Handball is one of the fastest growing sports in Northern Asia and Africa. The fact that it will become one of the sports in the Youth Olympic Games 2010 is a demonstration of its growing popularity.
The game of handball is fast and dynamic. As with most other sports, players need to be fit and most importantly, know how to work for the team and as a team. Handball builds on natural human movement such as jumping, running, throwing and as such, has a relatively rapid learning curve for anyone who wishes to pick up the sport. Tactics, strategies and problem-solving are elements that are inculcated into handball as well. As per any physical activity, this is a sport which is performed and generated by thinking. A player has to be able to perform under stress. During the game, he / she will have to see, estimate, conclude and act reactively.
This is why anyone can play handball!
You only need to take that first step out and give it a go! As a team game, it also actively promotes developing social and interpersonal skills. Corporation is the key! Mary's sharing session with us how handball has made her a more determined person with the character to endure life's ups and downs. In fact, her parting shot to us was "If you say jump, I'll say how high?"