West Yorkshire at an awards evening with Chris Fenton wearing a maroon top on the left of the group.
Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials to coaches, or anyone

This week we caught up with Chris Fenton!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for West Yorkshire at Intermediate level.

How did you discover goalball?

It was recommended to me by the Transitions Co-ordinator at RNIB. I went along to my first training session in February 2016 and started playing in tournaments soon after.

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 like Linkin Park. My favourite song of theirs is ‘What I’ve done’.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I like to pack my bag the night before but then still end up checking it a million times the next morning! I also usually like to have a cheese and ham omelette for breakfast but other than that I’m quite chilled.

West Yorkshire team photo at the 2020 Intermediate Finals. The team are wearing their yellow 'home' kit with coaches Kelly and Kathryn either side of the team.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

If the tournament is in Sheffield, we often go to TGI Friday’s afterwards. I like chicken strips and chips.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Brittany Stead. She is a very experienced player, having represented GB, but I admire her for her resilience as she has had setbacks with injury and illness but has come back strong from them. She is also a great cook so keeps me well fuelled!

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

I like football. I support Leeds United and used to play for Danby Rovers but had to stop as I was struggling to see the ball. Instead, I go cycling now on a Saturday with Tandem Trekkers. I also like playing video games, watching films, and eating out.

Tandem trekkers session with two duos parked up smiling to the camera in a scenic park featuring Chris Fenton.

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

I’d like to go to Italy – Rome in particular to visit The Colosseum – and to eat lots of lovely food! I’d also quite like to go to America to Disneyland!

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