Women’s squad announced as Goalball UK seek qualification for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Goalball UK has announced the six women that will represent Great Britain at the IBSA Goalball International Qualifier in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.

The squad competing for a place at Tokyo 2020 is Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Georgie Bullen, Amelia Robertson, Kali Holder and Lois Turner.

An experienced four-person coaching team will be joining the players in their bid for a place at the Paralympics next summer. This will be Aaron Ford (head coach), Becky Ashworth (coach/team leader), Faith Fisher (physio) and Hannah Levi (support staff).

Achieving a spot will be the second time ever a Great Britain team has qualified for the Paralympics. There was previously British representation in goalball at London 2012 as hosts, where the women’s team reached the quarter-finals, and at Sydney 2000.

Speaking about the squad, Aaron Ford said: “We are all really excited to get to Fort Wayne to compete against some of the best teams in the world.

“This squad has been working together for a while now and have gained invaluable experience competing at many international competitions over the last few years. They have developed a magnificent spirit throughout the squad and their quality is undeniable.

“We know what the team is capable of achieving and everyone wants to realise a dream. The hard work starts now, and the women are determined to come back qualified as Paralympians.

“Making the final selection is the toughest thing about being a coach as we have so many incredibly talented players coming through the programme. The women’s game in the UK is in such a strong position with fierce competition for places.”

The women’s GB squad fly to Fort Wayne on 28 June, ahead of the competition getting underway on 2 July, where they will face China, Israel, Australia, Germany, Korea and Spain in a group of seven.

To follow the progress of the women’s GB team, live broadcasts of competition will be available when competitions gets underway from 2 July on the IBSA Goalball Facebook page and IBSA’s YouTube channel.

The IBSA Goalball International Qualifier is one of two opportunities to qualify for the Paralympics – the women’s GB squad will also compete for a place at the European Championships in Germany later this year.

For more information about the competition, please visit www.ibsafortwayne2019.com

2019-06-14T09:54:09+00:00 By |Categories: Goalball UK|0 Comments