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 Joe Scott!
What club do you play for or coach?
I play for London Elephants.
How did you discover goalball?
I first tried goalball when I was at Lyndon Lodge School. I thought it was a bit brutal but I enjoyed it! When I was at college in Epsom, I went along to a taster session delivered by Alex from Goalball UK in partnership with Sight for Surrey. I then joined the London Elephants in 2016.
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 like Ed Sheeran and Stormzy. Before tournaments I like to listen to music to help me relax and chill out.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Often we stay in a hotel the night before a tournament so I lay all my kit out before going to bed to double check that I’ve not forgotten anything. The next day, once we’re at the venue, I calm my nerves by meditating and focusing on the games ahead.
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
I usually have a takeaway. Sometimes a kebab and sometimes a pizza – meat feast, with a BBQ base, is my favourite.
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
Dan Roper (Fen Tigers and GB Men) is a great player but I enjoy watching all players as everyone has different strengths. I then concentrate on trying to make myself a better player.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
I love football – I am a lifelong Millwall fan. I also like cricket. I don’t really play anymore but follow England.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
I would like to go to Australia just because it is the opposite side of the world and it is much hotter than then UK! When I was at college I went on an exchange trip to Kerala in India. It was chaos there, a completely different culture. I’ve been on holiday to Ireland and lots of different places in Europe (including Bulgaria, Malta and Slovenia). I have also been to visit my brother when he lived in Ottawa in Canada.
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