Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials to coaches, or anyone!

We want to use this opportunity where we have a bit more time on our hands to get to know you all a little bit better before getting back on the court!

West Yorkshire Goalball Club Intermediate trophy team photo. Lots of smiles!

This week we caught up with Diarmuid Ware!

What club do you play for or coach?

West Yorkshire

How did you discover goalball?

I was lucky enough to have a go at goalball at my school when I was 11 years old. I’ve loved the game and the goalball family ever since!

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?

That’s a tough question! I listen to all kinds of music depending on my mood. Before a tournament, some Imagine Dragons are always good or anything that gets me ready to play. But I also like listening to piano music when I need to concentrate on something or if I can’t sleep.

Group photo of West Yorkshire & Yorks St John players holding oranges to stay healthy!

(Diarmuid is at the back of the group, third from the right).

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I don’t have any pre-game superstitions but I do think it’s best to go into a game with a smile, a full water bottle and plenty of energy.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

The best thing after a goalball tournament is FOOD, and lots of it! I sometimes go to eat out with the team after playing as well which is also great for the social element.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I think the person who I admire most in goalball is probably Adam Knott, although I do admire many players for lots of reasons. In his case, the contribution he has made to the sport as a player, coach and ambassador is amazing and has helped the sport move forward and become what it is today. I also admire anyone trying goalball for the first time or stepping up to the next level. It can seem scary or difficult at first, but the reward and fun you can get from the sport is well worth it!

West Yorkshire Novice & Intermediate team photo both with medals and guide dogs.

(Diarmuid is at the front of the group in the middle, next to the lovely guide dog).

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

I like to cycle, relax with friends, play guitar or drums and spending time with family. I’ll always try new things as well and I love a challenge!

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

I think it would be America. There are so many places to see there and I’d be able to visit my aunty who moved over to the US from England around 15 years ago. It would also be good to enjoy some sun while I was out there!

West Yorkshire players pyramid!

(Diarmuid is in the second line of goalballers on the players pyramid, first on the right).

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