Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials to coaches, or anyone!
We want to use our online platforms so the Goalball Family can get to know each other a bit better ahead of getting back on the court and playing our sport again.
This week we caught up with Graeme Roache.
What club do you play for or coach?
Glasgow. I have played for 7 years. I am also the Secretary for the club and coach at some of our training sessions (which are fortnightly on Monday nights).
How did you discover goalball?
Visibility, a visually impaired organisation in Glasgow, ran a taster session in partnership with Goalball UK in June 2013. I went along and enjoyed it and have been playing ever since.
Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? Or anything you’re loving at the moment?
I would not say there is anything in particular I listen to before playing goalball. However, I enjoy listening to rock music including Bon Jovi, Queen and Bruce Springsteen.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
At tournaments we normally have team talks before each game and the banter flows throughout the day!
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
I often have a Burger King on the train as normally we don’t have much time after tournaments before we have to catch our train back to Scotland.
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
Everyone who plays goalball, and volunteers so that tournaments can take place, are all very helpful and friendly. It is hard to single out anyone individually.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
I play visually impaired tennis with Glasgow Disability Tennis. I go sailing with Helensburgh Challengers and tandem cycling with Glasgow Tandem Club. I also enjoy going to the gym 3 times a week to keep active and healthy. I enjoy watching various sports including football, tennis and Formula One.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
I have travelled to various countries including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Canada and USA for holidays. One place I would like to go is New York to see if this city really does not sleep!
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