Twelve para-athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic sport of goalball at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games from August 18 to 27.
The squad, who are all members of Goalball UK’s High-Performance Programme, will compete against goalball teams from across the globe for a chance to secure their place at the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
This is the first time the Games have been held in the UK and expectations for a show stopping event are building within the goalball community. It is seen as both an exciting opportunity for athletes and coaches alike and a real chance to show everyone at home what goalball and blind sport is all about.
For the GB goalball men’s and women’s squads, the World Games are also the first major international event held in the UK since the London 2012 Paralympics.
The twelve athletes selected are: Georgie Bullen, Antonia Bunyan, Sarah Leiter, Meme Robertson, Megan Smithson-Booth, Lois Turner, Matt Loftus, Josh Murphy, Caleb Nanevie, Joe Roper, Dan Roper and David Scott.
“Having the IBSA World Games hosted here in the UK is a great opportunity,” said Mark Winder, CEO at Goalball UK.
“We are excited for our athletes to compete in front of their friends and family, sometimes for the first time at a major event. They have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage on their goalball journeys and we are proud of every person on the performance pathway.”
All goalball games will take place at the Coventry Building Society Arena. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ibsagames2023.co.uk/. To get involved with goalball visit Goalball UK’s website at https://goalballuk.com/the-sport/clubs/get-involved/