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 Andrew Boardman!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play (and am starting to coach) for Cambridge Dons.

Cambridge Dons Intermediate team at a timeout, where everyone is taking on water and chatting.

How did you discover goalball?

I’d never heard of goalball until my friend Aure from college invited me along to try it out. The team in Cambridge is so friendly and I love how goalball teaches us to work together.

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?

When we’re warming up our hips it’s difficult to resist a bit of Shakira.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I like to lean very casually against the posts just before the game starts – I think it relaxes me.

Andrew standing with his girlfriend Gemma dressed up very fancily ahead of a College Summer Party.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

Nandos, Nandos, and more Nandos!

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Yayhe from London Elephants has an incredible shot, I’d like to learn to do that.

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

I enjoy anything that lets me get outside, so I go running or hiking whenever I can. I’ve also been known to play a bit of football.

4 people taking part in a park run, they have come together beforehand (as they don't look too sweaty!) for a picture. Left to right: Aure, Andrew, Sarah, and a guide runner (apologies we don't know his name!).

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

I’d love to go sailing off the east coast of Canada and imagine I’m in a Stan Rogers song.

Andrew and his dad Mike on a mountain walk in the Lake District. They have just got to the peak of one of the mountains, with bright blue sky in the distance.

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