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 Ameen Memon!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for South Yorkshire on the Novice team.

Ameen Memon standing in front of a Goalball UK banner alone with his bronze medal.

How did you discover goalball?

A community support worker from the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) recommended goalball to me as I was looking for an accessible sports activity. I gave it a try in 2018 and have been playing since then.

South Yorkshire novice team sitting in 2 rows of 3 people. On the bottom row: Leo, Claudia, and Amber. On the top row, Khalil, Ameen, and Andy. Everyone is wearing South Yorkshire shirts.

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 listen to a Pakistani cricket themed song that helps me get my motivation high. It goes something like “Say o ay o aa hay koi hum jesa” which means we are the best and no one can beat us!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Not really. I always try to be well rested before the game and be in the moment during the game.

Ameen Memon shaking hands with the Queen, Ameen is smiling proudly in a nice suit, as the queen is wearing a light pink dress.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I love a nice kebab if I can grab one or a McDonalds.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I haven’t watched much goalball but everyone I have met, at training sessions and tournaments, is great.

Andy, Ameen, and Stephen standing in front of a Paralympics GB sign on a wall with their new eyeshades.

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

I like to bake sometimes and enjoy a walk in the countryside.

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

The Maldives. I have been there already but would like to go again. I love the blue skies and water.

Ameen standing on a pier which overlooks clear blue water and a bright blue sky! Ameen is wearing white shirt and shorts with black sunglasses.

To check out the rest of the articles from our ‘Featured Thursday’ series please use the following link Goalball UK – Featured Thursday.