Friday 19 January 2018

Brady 'prepared to die' for fifth world title

Cavan’s Paul Brady at the 2015 World Handball Championships launch at Croke Park yesterday
Cavan’s Paul Brady at the 2015 World Handball Championships launch at Croke Park yesterday
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Paul Brady will look to create yet more history in Canada next month when he goes in search of a fifth consecutive World Handball title

The Cavan man is already the first man to win three titles in the sport, and he followed that up with a fourth crown when the competition came to Ireland back in 2012.

In Calgary next month, he'll look to win a fifth title, which would be an achievement that onlookers say is unlikely ever to be equalled.

"I just wanted to win one and then no-one had ever won three so I wanted to win three. It was here in Ireland then and I wanted to win four then," he explained.

"I didn't think I'd still be competing three years after but now that I'm here I might as well try to win five now."

Brady has ruled the handball world since winning his first title in 2003, with a large part of that career coinciding with his inter-county football days with Cavan.

The 35-year-old Brady is still operating with his club and lined out in the senior championship for Mullahoran last week but now his mind is completely set on a fifth handball title.

"(A fifth title) would mean everything," said Brady. "I suppose I wanted to live a world champion and I want to die one. That's why there was deliberations over whether to try to retain it or maybe just retire. So in terms of that, there's pressure.

"That's the way I want to live and that's the way I want to die. That's my attitude going into it.

"I've put everything over the years into this and I'm prepared to die to win this again, that's the way I'm approaching it."

Brady is one of 15 handballers heading to the championships as part of Team Ireland.

Ladies World champion Aisling Reilly, who hails from Belfast, is also out to defend her title at the tournament which will run from August 11-21.

Irish Independent

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