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 Aure Aflalo!

Cambridge Town novice team standing together after a competition, with their silver medals at the Novice Shield.

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for, and sometimes coach, for the Cambridge Dons.

How did you discover goalball?

I discovered goalball through Camsight, the sight loss charity in Cambridge, just after starting university.

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 don’t really listen to anything before a tournament, usually, we spend the time in the car or train chatting away or playing cards!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I like to triple-check where everyone is and that everyone has water. We always like to have a pre-game team huddle and chat as well.

A group of Cambridge players and coaches sitting on a bench, with others standing behind them. Everyone is wearing Cambridge shirts and jackets.

 Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

Usually, after a day at a tournament, we’ll have a meal out with the team on the way home, often we end up at Nando’s.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

That would have to be Sarah Leiter! She’s one of the first people I met within the goalball bubble. Her dedication to the sport both at the high level and within the club as a coach and committee member is amazing!

Sarah Leiter and Aure Aflalo taking a selfie together whilst wearing a grey jumper which has mickey mouse on it. Both are smiling to the camera.

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

I like to catch up with friends for a meal, a quiz or a good movie!

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

That’s a hard one, I love to travel. At the moment I’m thinking Iceland would be a really nice place to visit.

Aure Aflalo at a restaurant sitting in a booth, holding a Superman mug and a box of chocolates.

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