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 Ella Shipley!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play at Novice level for West Yorkshire

How did you discover goalball?

Through the London 2012 Paralympics. I went along to my first West Yorkshire session in August 2012.

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 am loving listening to Sam Fender at the minute.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

After winning a bronze medal at the National Finals last season, I now feel like I have a lucky pair of leggings – they are leopard print!

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

Fish and chips.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Phil Green of West Yorkshire. He is so encouraging of everyone and his skill is amazing! He always knows how to have a good time and lift the team up when we need it.

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

I follow Rugby League – I am a season ticket holder for Leeds Rhinos. I also follow Leeds United.

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

I would love to visit Toronto in Canada. I was supposed to go in the summer of 2020 but due to covid that was cancelled. I’ve heard great things about Niagara Falls.

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