GB Squads

GB Squads 2019-08-16T16:11:37+00:00

Women’s Squad

Great Britain women’s goalball squad sixth place finish at an international tournament was a significant step in their ambition to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Despite losing out in the quarter-finals at the IBSA goalball event in Fort Wayne, the team put together a series of performances of the highest quality that suggest they are ready to compete on the biggest stage.

After beating the likes of Spain, South Korea and Germany, it set up a last eight match against the host nation America. Great Britain fought to the end but were beaten by the eventual runners-up and Rio 2016 bronze medallists.

In the placing matches, Great Britain won a nail-biting penalty shootout against Finland before coming up short against Canada to finally secure sixth place.

Great Britain now look forward to preparing for the European Championships in October taking place in Rostock, Germany. The event represents the last chance to secure their spot at Tokyo 2020.

Group photo of GB Women, coaches and support staff

Team Profiles

Georgina Bullen
Georgina Bullen
D.O.B: 11/07/1994
Club: Fen Tigers
Antonia Bunyan
Antonia Bunyan
D.O.B: 03/02/2000
Club: Northern Allstars
Sarah Leiter
Sarah Leiter
D.O.B: 21/08/1990
Club: Cambridge Dons
Kali Holder
Kali Holder
D.O.B: 22/11/1999
Club: RNC Academy
Meme Robertson
Meme Robertson
Club: Lancashire Lions
Lois Turner
Lois Turner

Management & Staff

Aaron Ford
Aaron Ford
Head Coach
Becky Ashworth
Becky Ashworth
Assistant Coach
Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis

Mens’s Squad

Goalball UK GB men’s squad which faced the rest of Europe at the IBSA European B championships in September 2019

Their group (B) comprised of Slovenia, Spain, Poland and Portugal. Group A comprised of Ukraine, Israel, Hungary, Greece & Montenegro. The team included Caleb Nanevie (Sheffield), Filmon Eyassu (Cambridge), Daniel Roper (March), Joseph Roper (Hereford), Joshua McEntee (Manchester) and Matthew Loftus (Newcastle).

The new look squad competed in Chorzow, Poland between 22nd and 30th September 2019,

Group photo of GB players and coaches with the Union Flag

Team Profiles

Joe Roper
Joe Roper
D.O.B: 20/07/1998
Club: Fen Tigers/ RNC
Daniel Roper
Daniel Roper
D.O.B: 23/06/1990
Club: Fen Tigers
Josh McEntee
Josh McEntee
D.O.B: 19/11/1992
Club: Phoenix Blaze
Caleb Nanevie
Caleb Nanevie
D.O.B: 17/07/1993
Club: Northern Allstars
Matthew Loftus
Matthew Loftus
D.O.B: 03/12/1993
Club: Northern Allstars
Filmon Eyassu
Filmon Eyassu
D.O.B: 11/12/1987
Club: Cambridge Dons/Fen Tigers

Management & Staff

Faye Dale
Faye Dale
Head Coach
Alex Bunney
Alex Bunney
Assistant Coach
Krista Van Alten
Krista Van Alten
Physiotherapist

Mens’s u23 Squad

The Great Britain under 23s goalball team secured the bronze medal at the European Para Youth Games in Finland, after going up against some of the best teams in Europe over three days of competition.

The tournament got off to a dream start, with a series of impressive wins over Germany, Italy and Hungary to secure a spot in the semi-finals. This saw the young team come up against Germany again in the last four.

Unfortunately, Great Britain were unable to replicate their fantastic performance against the Germans earlier in the competition and lost in a hard-fought match.

Despite the disappointment of not making the final, the team refocused for the the bronze medal match against Romania. The tense game was decided by just one goal as Great Britain ended the competition on the podium with a 3-2 win.

The squad consisted of Joe Roper, Naqib Ahmed, Stuart Hudson, Mo Ahmed, Sam Hoskin and Joshua Murphy. Joe Roper ended the tournament as Great Britain’s top scorer with 24 goals.

Group photo of GB under 23s and coaches

Team Profiles

Joe Roper
Joe Roper
D.O.B: 20/07/1998
Club: Fen Tigers/ RNC
Stuart Hudson
Stuart Hudson
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Mo Ahmed
Mo Ahmed
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Josh Murphy
Josh Murphy
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Sam Hoskin
Sam Hoskin
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Naqib Ahmed
Naqib Ahmed
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Management & Staff

Faye Dale
Faye Dale
Head Coach
Alex Bunney
Alex Bunney
Assistant Coach