"We were pleased with the turnout. The youngest at the event was 9 and the oldest 59."
“One of the guys said after the event he was hooked, line and sinker. He is 30 and has a vision impairment but had not heard of goalball before.”
Mr Ramsay, who has been involved with goalball for about 20 years, used to coach the New Zealand men’s team. Goalball New Zealand no longer has a national team, but the former coach hopes to start up another one.
“After this weekend and seeing all the new players, I would be keen to look at getting a national team going again and competing overseas, particularly in Australia. Ultimately, we would like to be at the Paralympics”.
In goalball, teams of three players try to roll or bounce a 1.25kg ball with bells inside it across an indoor court and into a goal at the other end. Opposing players try to block the ball from entering their net by diving.
Participants at the Goalball NZ training day in Auckland.
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