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 Emma Tammaro!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for Northern Allstars in the Super League (Elite).

Northern Allstars standing with their gold medals after winning the Goalfix Cup 2022. From left to right: Faye, Matt, Caleb, Naqi, and Emma all in their maroon jerseys.

How did you discover goalball?

Just after losing my sight, I volunteered at a VI Sports Day in Hertfordshire – I wanted to join in but it was for Primary School children so I was too old! I then started going along to the Cambridge Dons before joining South Yorkshire in September 2016 when I moved to Sheffield for 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 like everything from McFly to Stormzy but if I had to narrow it down, I suppose I would say ‘Pop Punk’.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

No, nothing significant – I just get on the court and play.

Emma throwing a goalball during an event. Emma's wearing her South Yorkshire shirt mid throw, her right arm is pulled back ready to push through.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I’m not too fussy – I’ll just eat whatever is available!

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Caleb Nanevie and Anthony O’Keefe from South Yorkshire as I learnt so much from them.

A South Yorkshire intermediate team photo with Emma, Anthony, Louise, and coach Caleb standing in their blue South Yorkshire jerseys. Everyone is smiling mid tournament!

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

I’m a PE teacher so I love all sports but especially football. I am a West Ham season ticket holder and used to play.

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

I would like to travel around Asia and experience all of the different cultures.

Emma standing on a path with her Great Britain navy blue shirt with the number 4 on it. Emma is smiling as she is holding her shirt up.

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