Kieran makes Olympic grade

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Halifax’s Kieran O’Malley has had his selection for the Great Britain Volleyball squad for the 2012 Olympics confirmed.

The 24-year old former Brighouse High School pupil is part of a 12-man setup to compete at the indoor volleyball events which will take place at Earls Court, London this summer.

O’Malley, who plays as a setter for Great Britain and club side Abiant Lycurgus Groningen of the Netherlands, only took up volleyball seriously seven years ago when a knee injury halted a promising football career. He played for West Yorkshire club Boathouse and then for Sheffield VC.

He already has a wealth of international experience having made his 100th appearance for Great Britain when they played against the USA last year.

London 2012 will be the first time that Team GB will be represented at the Olympic Games