Goalball Australia

Your tax deductible donation will support the ongoing development of Goalball in Australia.

You can make your donation a one-off or a recurring donation.

Goalball is a sport for people with a vision impairment. It was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans.

The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. As well every four years a World Championships has been held with the first being in Austria in 1978. Since that time the popularity of Goalball has increased to where it is played competitively around the world.

Goalball competitions are unique to all other sports due to the required quiet atmosphere inside the playing venue.

The object of the sport is to roll the ball into the opposition's goal while the defensive team try to block the ball with their bodies. Bells inside the ball help to orientate the players by indicating the direction of the oncoming ball. In addition all court lines are done in raised, tactile markings. This allows players to orientate themselves and be aware of their position on the court.

Goalball is played by both males and females, and all athletes wear "blackout" eyeshades whilst on the playing court. This allows players with varying degrees of vision impairment to participate together

Goalball Australia is the governing body for the sport of Goalball in Australia and works with state goalball associations, Blind Sports Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee to develop and grow the sport.

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Youth Program Staff

Goalball Australia is pleased to advise the following appointments to our National Youth Program staff:

Youth Girls Assistant Coach: Toni Tiller

Youth Program Manager: Olivia Muller

They Join;

Youth Girls Coach: Tash Cugley

Youth Boys Coach: Troy King

Youth Boys Asstistant Coach: Ryan Honschooten

Please join us in congratulating everyone on their appointments and we look forward to your full support of the program staff as they prepare teams for the 2019 Youth World Championships.

POSITIONS VACANT - National Youth Programs

Australian Youth Team Physiotherapist

Overview:

Goalball Australia are currently seeking a qualified Level 2 or higher Sports

Physiotherapist to provide support to our Australian Youth Boys and Girls Teams in their

upcoming campaign to compete in the 2019 IBSA Goalball Youth World

Championships. These world championships will be held in Penrith, NSW from August

1-10, 2019 and prior to those championships an appointed physiotherapist will need to

attend training camps as follows:

February 23 & 24 at Sydney April 26, 27 & 28 at Sydney

June 8, 9 & 10 at Sydney July 13 & 14 at Sydney

These are compulsory camps for all staff associated with the Goalball Australia Youth

program ahead of IBSA World Championships.

To Apply or request a PD please email Goalball Australia Secretary Olivia Muller with your resume and yourworking with children number to australiangoalball@gmail.com

Applications will close: 10th of February 2019

For more information and to apply, please click the link to download the Positions Description and Application Process PD Aussie Youth Team Physiotherapist 2019.doc

Australian Teams for 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships

(published 23 March 2018)

Goalball Australia is pleased to announce the Aussie Storm and Aussie Belles teams that will be representing Australia at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Sweden 3-9 June.

AUSSIE STORM

Sam Byrne

Jon Horsburgh

Daniel Morrish

Daniel Pritchard

Issac Toppo

Thanh Tu

Head Coach: Greg Scott

Asst Coach/Manager: Robyn Stephensen

Physio: Sarah Kelly

AUSSIE BELLES

Jenny Blow

Meica Christensen

Alison Jones

Michelle Rzepecki

Brodie Smith

Nikita Grosser (Emergency)

Head Coach: Peter Corr

Asst Coach/Manager: Simon Smith

Sports Masseuse: Kerri Caruso

Congratulations to all selected and best wishes to everyone.

If you would like to help our teams get to Sweden you can make a tax deductible donation to either team at the links below:

Aussie Storm: https://asf.org.au/projects/goalball-australia/2018-world-championships-aussie-storm/

Aussie Belles: https://asf.org.au/projects/goalball-australia/2018-world-championships-aussie-belles/

Aussie Storm Appoint Physio

(published 12 March 2018)

Goalball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Kelly as the Aussie Storm Physio through unto the conclusion of the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships. Sarah has a wealth of experience and knowledge having previously been the team physio for the Belles and the Storm from 2014 - 2016. We are excited to welcome Sarah back on-board.


Youth Girls

We are pleased to appoint Tash Cugley to the postion of Youth Girls Coach. Tash is well known to the Goalball community and has extensive experience coaching in WA and SA. Tash also had some experience with the National Youth Girls program in 2017.

New Rules Released

(published 6 November 2017)

Following on from the IBSA General Assembly held last week, IBSA Goalball have released the updated Rules and Regulations 2018-2021. These will come into effect as of 1 January 2018. All athletes, coaches and referees should ensure they are familiar with the current version. You can download them from the Rules Page.


Aussies in Thailand

(published 30 August 2017)

The Aussie Belles and Aussie Storm have returned from the 2017 IBSA Goalball Asia-Pacific Regional Championships, held in Thailand 21-26 August 2017.

The Belles returned with a Bronze medal, whilst the Storm finished 4th overall. Whilst this sees neither team qualify for the World Championships next year, the overall results are encouraging for the drive towards qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The Aussie Storm performed particularly well, finishing their pool matches undefeated, along the way beating World # 4 China, World # 14 Japan and World # 20 Iraq. Overall the boys finished with 4 wins and 2 losses, with their only losses being in the semi final and Bronze medal game. The result moves us from 9th to 4th in our region. We are especially proud of Jon Horsburgh finishing the competition as Highest Goal Scorer.

The Aussie Belles Bronze is a repeat result from the 2015 Regional Championships held in China and they remain 3rd in the region behind China (World # 1) and Japan (World # 6). In pool play, the Belles defeated Thailand and Korea before a draw with Iran and tough losses to China and Japan. We faced China again in the semi final, before defeating Korea for Bronze. Meica Christensen finished 5th in the Highest Goal Scorers for women.

This brings to an end our international senior commitments for the year as we start planning and preparing for 2018.

You can watch all of the Australian Teams' matches from Bangkok on the Goalball Australia You Tube channel (thanks to Simon Smith for filming and uploading them).

Golden Glow in Budapest

(published 10 July 2017)

The Aussie Glow are the new Youth World Champions after defeating Russia in the final of the 2017 IBSA Goalball World Youth Championships in Budapest overnight. The girls created history becoming the first Australian team to win gold at a major international Goalball tournament. The Glow went through the entire tournament undfeeated and are more than worthy champions. Goalball Australia are incredibly proud of the girls and the team staff Murray Elbourn and Faith Voytas - the hard work that was put in by all over the past 12 months has certainly paid off. We look forward to being able to defend the title in 2 years time. Congratulations to Brodie Smith on being the tournament Highest Goal Scorer.

Aussie Belles Team Announced

(published 31 May 2017)

The Aussie Belles team who will represent Australia at the 2017 Asia Oceania Regional Championships in August has been announced. Congratulations to the following team members:

Jenny Blow (NSW)

Meica Christensen (Qld)

Nicole Esdaile (Qld)

Alison Jones (Qld) - on debut

Raissa Martin (Qld)

Tyan Taylor (NSW)

Head Coach: Peter Corr

Assistant Coach/Manager: Simon Smith

Massage Therapist: Kerri Young

The team have been working hard all year towards selection and their hard work will intensify over the next few months before heading to Bangkok on 17 August. The Regional Championships is the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Championships.

Aussies Storm Europe

(published 29 May 2017)

The Aussie Storm (ranked 35 in the world) have completed the first leg of their European tour, contesting the Malmo Mens Intercup in Sweden. After going down to Sweden (World Ranking 7) 12-5, USA (World Ranking 4) 12-8 and Turkey (World Ranking 3) 12-4; the team bounced back to defeat Japan (World Ranking 13) 9-6 and Great Britain (World Ranking 21) 9-3.

The team will now have a few days of training with Sweden, Turkey and USA before heading to Lithuania for the Trakai tournament.

Australian Teams for 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships

(published 23 March 2018)

Goalball Australia is pleased to announce the Aussie Storm and Aussie Belles teams that will be representing Australia at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Sweden 3-9 June.

AUSSIE STORM

Sam Byrne

Jon Horsburgh

Daniel Morrish

Daniel Pritchard

Issac Toppo

Thanh Tu

Head Coach: Greg Scott

Asst Coach/Manager: Robyn Stephensen

Physio: Sarah Kelly

AUSSIE BELLES

Jenny Blow

Meica Christensen

Alison Jones

Michelle Rzepecki

Brodie Smith

Nikita Grosser (Emergency)

Head Coach: Peter Corr

Asst Coach/Manager: Simon Smith

Sports Masseuse: Kerri Caruso

Congratulations to all selected and best wishes to everyone.

If you would like to help our teams get to Sweden you can make a tax deductible donation to either team at the links below:

Aussie Storm: https://asf.org.au/projects/goalball-australia/2018-world-championships-aussie-storm/

Aussie Belles: https://asf.org.au/projects/goalball-australia/2018-world-championships-aussie-belles/

Aussie Storm Appoint Physio

(published 12 March 2018)

Goalball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Kelly as the Aussie Storm Physio through unto the conclusion of the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships. Sarah has a wealth of experience and knowledge having previously been the team physio for the Belles and the Storm from 2014 - 2016. We are excited to welcome Sarah back on-board.


Youth Girls

We are pleased to appoint Tash Cugley to the postion of Youth Girls Coach. Tash is well known to the Goalball community and has extensive experience coaching in WA and SA. Tash also had some experience with the National Youth Girls program in 2017.

New Rules Released

(published 6 November 2017)

Following on from the IBSA General Assembly held last week, IBSA Goalball have released the updated Rules and Regulations 2018-2021. These will come into effect as of 1 January 2018. All athletes, coaches and referees should ensure they are familiar with the current version. You can download them from the Rules Page.


Aussies in Thailand

(published 30 August 2017)

The Aussie Belles and Aussie Storm have returned from the 2017 IBSA Goalball Asia-Pacific Regional Championships, held in Thailand 21-26 August 2017.

The Belles returned with a Bronze medal, whilst the Storm finished 4th overall. Whilst this sees neither team qualify for the World Championships next year, the overall results are encouraging for the drive towards qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The Aussie Storm performed particularly well, finishing their pool matches undefeated, along the way beating World # 4 China, World # 14 Japan and World # 20 Iraq. Overall the boys finished with 4 wins and 2 losses, with their only losses being in the semi final and Bronze medal game. The result moves us from 9th to 4th in our region. We are especially proud of Jon Horsburgh finishing the competition as Highest Goal Scorer.

The Aussie Belles Bronze is a repeat result from the 2015 Regional Championships held in China and they remain 3rd in the region behind China (World # 1) and Japan (World # 6). In pool play, the Belles defeated Thailand and Korea before a draw with Iran and tough losses to China and Japan. We faced China again in the semi final, before defeating Korea for Bronze. Meica Christensen finished 5th in the Highest Goal Scorers for women.

This brings to an end our international senior commitments for the year as we start planning and preparing for 2018.

You can watch all of the Australian Teams' matches from Bangkok on the Goalball Australia You Tube channel (thanks to Simon Smith for filming and uploading them).

Golden Glow in Budapest

(published 10 July 2017)

The Aussie Glow are the new Youth World Champions after defeating Russia in the final of the 2017 IBSA Goalball World Youth Championships in Budapest overnight. The girls created history becoming the first Australian team to win gold at a major international Goalball tournament. The Glow went through the entire tournament undfeeated and are more than worthy champions. Goalball Australia are incredibly proud of the girls and the team staff Murray Elbourn and Faith Voytas - the hard work that was put in by all over the past 12 months has certainly paid off. We look forward to being able to defend the title in 2 years time. Congratulations to Brodie Smith on being the tournament Highest Goal Scorer.

Aussie Belles Team Announced

(published 31 May 2017)

The Aussie Belles team who will represent Australia at the 2017 Asia Oceania Regional Championships in August has been announced. Congratulations to the following team members:

Jenny Blow (NSW)

Meica Christensen (Qld)

Nicole Esdaile (Qld)

Alison Jones (Qld) - on debut

Raissa Martin (Qld)

Tyan Taylor (NSW)

Head Coach: Peter Corr

Assistant Coach/Manager: Simon Smith

Massage Therapist: Kerri Young

The team have been working hard all year towards selection and their hard work will intensify over the next few months before heading to Bangkok on 17 August. The Regional Championships is the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Championships.

Aussies Storm Europe

(published 29 May 2017)

The Aussie Storm (ranked 35 in the world) have completed the first leg of their European tour, contesting the Malmo Mens Intercup in Sweden. After going down to Sweden (World Ranking 7) 12-5, USA (World Ranking 4) 12-8 and Turkey (World Ranking 3) 12-4; the team bounced back to defeat Japan (World Ranking 13) 9-6 and Great Britain (World Ranking 21) 9-3.

The team will now have a few days of training with Sweden, Turkey and USA before heading to Lithuania for the Trakai tournament.