Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials, coaches, or anyone!
This week we caught up with Alan Lewis!
What club do you play for or coach?
I play for Glasgow Goalball Club.
How did you discover goalball?
I had a Canadian friend who played it over there. When he moved to Scotland a few of us started a club in Glasgow, over 8 years ago scarily, and it just went from there.
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?
Well I’m a classic rock kind of guy so I would gravitate to something like Metallica or Guns and Roses, anything loud with a bit of balls to it really!
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Just having a laugh so that you start the game with some endorphins and sense of camaraderie and well-being.
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
Sorry folks, no health food here! Usually something with chips and a few pints.
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
I don’t tend to roll like that because I think it’s a short step to condescension. I think everyone brings what they bring, plays for their own reasons and respect to them for that.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
Okay, I nearly choked on my drink there at the thought of other sports! Goalball is as much about the banter for me as about any type of fitness. My other hobbies are socialising with friends, going to the cinema or theatre and lots of reading.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
I like the idea of going to Australia. Part of it is about the sheer variety there and I’ve liked 99% of Australians I’ve met, usually pretty laidback and easy going people.