Profile picture of Alex Bunney in Goalball UK kitEach 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 Alex Bunney.

What is your role at Goalball UK?

Participation Lead and GB Men’s Assistant Coach.

How did you discover goalball?

When I got a job interview for an internship funded by the Youth Sports Trust in December 2010. My first goalball event was working an elite tournament, I was amazed how the players tracked the ball under shades.

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood?

High energy music is a great for the group warm up. I also coach players who like to have their own music in their headphones to get in the zone pre-game. Animals by Martin Garrix (Radio Edit) reminds me of when the Great Britain men’s team won the European C Championships, the venue played it before every match.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Re-read the game plan multiple times and I like to make sure the bench area is organised and tidy!

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I seem to spend my life in Premier Inns (not the worst hotel around!) after Great Britain training and Goalball UK tournaments. I normally end up getting the chicken & ribs with chips.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I won’t pick one. The goalballers that stand out to me are those who do more than just play. They help run clubs, coach teams, promote the game, help others, and give their all to the sport.

Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?

I enjoy running and have recently taken up golf, it is a hard game!

Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?

Vietnam to due the history, culture, and food! I would include my visit in a South East Asia tour taking in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Singapore.

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