NSW Goalball is the only State Sporting Organisation with a disability nominated as a finalist for the upcoming NSW Sports Awards at Curzon Hall. This is due to the hard work of the executive committee and key supporters within the organisation. In the last several years NSW Goalball have opened 3 regional hub programs in Hunter, Tamworth & South Western Sydney to expand the game and attract more participants.
In 2017 NSW Goalball will host the Aussie Invitational Cup at University of Newcastle over the easter long weekend. in addition University of Newcastle will also host the first of two NSW Goalball for Schools Knockout Cup days on Thursday, April 13th with Primary and High Schools being represented from Tamworth, Coffs Harbour & Newcastle among others. The second gala day will take place at Netball Central in Sydney Olympic Park on Friday, June 9th.
NSW State Championships will be held over the queens birthday long weekend at a venue to be determined and feature mixed competition and junior competition. This will act as the selection trials for our NSW Squad who will represent the state at the 2017 Australian Goalball Championships in Hawthorn, Victoria from Oct 4-8.
Wrapping up a very full year in this unique Paralympic Games sport will be the 2017 Pacific School Games, this event will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from December 2-10. The trial day through School Sports NSW will held on July 19th at a venue to be determined.
Please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to Tami Elbourn on 0431268561 about any of these tournaments or if you would like to volunteer please fill out our volunteer form at the bottom right of the home page.
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 in the Men's division however had to wait 23 years to win its next championship in 2012 then won again in 2014
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. Since 2012 NSW has won the Youth Australian Goalball Championships 3 consecutive years and NSW has won silver in the Junior under 14 the last two years.
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 now the first vision impaired / blind team sport in the Pacific School Games.
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.
Currently Goalball is played in over 80 countries world wide with the current World Champions being Brazil in Men & USA in Women.
Sydney City & Metro Cup
Trinity Grammar Prep School, Strathfield NSW
Sunday SSC from 10am - 1pm & MC 1pm - 4pm
Mar 5, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 4, Aug 6, Sep 3
NSW State Goalball State Championships
Venue to be confirmed
June 10 to 11 (June 12th Australian Youth Camp date)
Australian Invitational Cup
University of Newcastle (The Forum Courts)
Saturday & Sunday April 15 & 16 (April 17 Australian Youth Training Camp)
Australian Goalball Championships
Wednesday Oct 4 to Sunday Oct 8
Pacific School Games
Adelaide, South Australia
December 2nd to 10th
NSW Goalball for Schools Knockout Cup
Term 1 & Term 2 book your school in for a lesson by clicking the link in the middle of our home page.
University of Newcastle, Thursday April 13th, 9am to 2pm
Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, Friday June 9th, 9am to 2pm
Pacific School Games Trial
July 19th (Venue to be named)
Please sign up to be a volunteer through the contact us section
Referee & Coaching Clinics (Goalball Australia, Level 1 Cert)
Trinity Grammar Prep School, Strathfield, NSW
Sunday, April 9th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, May, 14th, 10am to 4pm
Sunday, June, 4th, 10am to 4pm
NSW Goalball have been nominated across 5 categories at the NSW Sports Awards Dinner
Curzon Hall, Marsfield (Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30pm) $155 per ticket or $1450 for a table of ten
NOMINATED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: www.sportnsw.com.au
NSW State Sporting Organisation of the year
Event of the year (Australian Goalball Championships) at The Kings School
Team of the year with a disability (NSW Youth Goalball Team, 4 straight years as National Champions)
Administrator of the Year (Simon Smith)
Youth Athlete of the Year with a disability (Brodie Smith)