Fiona, in the centre, table officiating at a Goalball UK tournament in SheffieldEach 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!

This week we caught up with Fiona Small, a regular Goalball UK Activator.

What is your hometown?

I live in the little village of Charlesworth, that no-one ever seems to know unless you live there! It is on the edge of Manchester, or as my friends would describe it “near Glossop, the place with all the small doors.”

How did you discover goalball?

I first came across Goalball after receiving an email from The University of Sheffield volunteering service. The email described the sport in a little detail and how they needed more volunteers to help with the running of competitions. I’ve always liked taking part in sports events and trying new sports out, so I went along and helped out by being a table official. From then on, I tried to help at as many of the Sheffield tournaments that I could.

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 have a slightly controversial attitude towards music as I tend not to really listen to music a lot and end up liking random songs from a whole host of artists. If I had to choose, I would go for anything on Smooth Radio or some country rock.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

No pre-game rituals as such, I just make sure I’m organised and all packed.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

Pizza – comfort food is all that is needed after a long day out!

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I don’t think I could choose just one player. I am still learning about the sport and the people competing, and constantly being amazed by the skill the players have.

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

I have always been one to try out every sport possible but currently, I am sticking on playing hockey which I have been doing for at least 10 years now, with a bit of volleyball on the side. Outside of the sporting world, I love to draw, I do as much as I can when I can, and they tend to revolve around something nature or animal-related.

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

Abisko in the north of Sweden. I visited in the summertime for a university field trip and fell in love with the place. Ever since going I have wanted to return during the winter to see the beautiful landscapes covered in snow and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. I also want to get a few American National Parks checked off the bucket list.

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