It was little more than 18 months ago when Great Britain were entering unknown territory when they qualified for their first major tournament but when they step out in France next year the women will have a wealth of experience under their belts, particularly after London 2012.
Handy, who is currently playing in the Turkish League with Mersin, has been part of the Great Britain set-up since the Division B days, she commented: "We have a lot more experience than we did back in Poland, and I think that we have also shown this in our development over the past few years.
"Overall, the Olympics was also a great experience for us as a team, and yes we didn't get a win, but we showed people that Great Britain are a team to watch out for in the future.
"Both our own, and also the men's programme have been working hard over the last few years to develop our teams so we could compete at London 2012, and I think we did that with pride and with the huge support of the British public.
"We definitely still played to our potential, and although we are still one of the least experienced teams in Europe, we have now competed at the highest level, and we have taken a lot from it, so will continue to develop and prepare for EuroBasket Women 2013."
Right now, Handy is focused primarily on her duties with Mersin - both domestically, and also in EuroCup Women where her team have reached the last sixteen of the competition.
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