Goalball is a progressive blind sport that values participation, competition and integration as core values.
In 2013 Goalball Australia will send Aussie boys and Aussie girls teams to the YOUTH BLIND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Colorado Springs, USA from July 9-15. This will be a self funded trip for each Australian Youth Athlete so please donate today and help these Youth Blind Athletes achieve their goal of representing Australia and winning GOLD!
Goalball was created in 1948 after World War 2 in the hope of providing rehab for soldiers.
Goalball is the only team sport for blind and vision impaired athletes in the Paralympic Games.
The game of Goalball is played in 2 x 12 minute halves with 3 subs & time outs per team.
NSW won the first 9 National Australian Goalball Championships but has yet to win its 10th since last winning in 1989 for the Men’s division.
NSW Won the first official Junior National Goalball Championship in 2011 beating Western Australia in a 5 game series by 3 games to 2, winning the final 14/4.
In Paralympic competition the fastest throw travels at around 70kph giving the defensive team less than half a second to block the ball.
Goalball is the only team sport for blind and vision impaired students currently being played through integrated public and high schools state wide in NSW.
Goalball is the only sport that is endorsed by Catholic and NSW Dept of Education in addition to the Australian Paralympic Committee for blind and vision impaired athletes.
As the Goalball season kicks off in 2013, there are competitions for all skill levels. Check out our competitions tab on the home page for all the details. Here are just a few!
Sydney City Cup (MARCH 2013)
Aussie Invitational (MARCH 2013)
NSW Schools Knockout Shield (TERM 2, 2013)
The first ever Goalball Australia Youth Program has started with a bang in 2013 as these under 19 youth athletes prepare to represent Australia at the 2013 IBSA Youth World Championships. The first training camp for this squad of 18 youth athletes will be held at Narrabeen Academy of Sport in Sydney over the Australia Day long weekend.
Australian Goalball Forum: This forum will take place in Melbourne, Australia on Friday February 1st with members from Australian Paralympic Committee and Goalball Australia sitting down to discuss how the game can best progress leading into Rio Paralympics in 2016.
NSW Goalball is currently in the process of launching Goalball HUB Clubs in Parramatta & Penrith with the help of Australian Paralympic Committee and PCYC’s of NSW.
These clubs will give vision impaired and totally blind athletes the opportunity to train and learn the game of Goalball in a supervised positive environment that promotes inclusion and athletic ability.
Parramatta club will begin training sessions on Sunday January 20th from 11am to 2pm on a weekly basis with details to be announced shortly around Penrith training times and dates.
call our Program Director Tami Elbourn on 0431 268561
Regional Development of the sport is vital to the growth of Goalball in NSW; we have been working hard to establish key relationships with stakeholders from Dept of Education, Catholic Education, Vision Australia & Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to build up the main regional areas of NSW being Newcastle, Wollongong, Orange/Dubbo/Bathurst, Northern Rivers & Riverina regions.
Please tell us you want to be involved by filling out the contact us section on the home page. Let us know your region, your age, phone, email and how you want to be involved. Go to our calendar link to see all the regional dates for 2013. We can’t wait for our “REGIONAL GOAL” program to expand!
After our strong media coverage through many sources off the London Paralympic Games Goalball in Australia is certainly in the public eye. Goalball NSW was personally invited by Minister for Disabilities Andrew Constance to showcase the game of Goalball due to its inclusive nature at the world famous Sydney Opera House to launch the governments disability policy. Check out our media link on the home page for all the photos of the day.