Kerry and Connie O'Brien standing together for a photo at a North region tournament in Sheffield.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!

This week we caught up with Kerry and Connie O’Brien of Merseyside Sharks!

How did you discover goalball? 

I was studying disability sports coaching at university and was invited by Roy Turnham to come along to the SAVI multi sports club. I then began volunteering at the club and Matt Cliff introduced me to goalball. It amazed me and I then got the chance to coach the Merseyside team at a tournament, so I brought my daughter Connie along to the session and she tried the sport, loved it and joined the novice side.

Merseyside Sharks goalball team photo. Connie O'Brien is pictured top right meanwhile her mother and club coach Kerry is pictured in the bottom row in the middle.

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? 

I enjoy listening to different types of music. My favourite being R&B classics, however Connie enjoys the more up to date songs! Anything she can tiktok to on the long journey to competitions!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals? 

I am not really that superstitious but Connie likes to wear the same trainers for luck. On journeys to Sheffield for competitions though, I do avoid the Snake Pass as I think it’s unlucky!

Merseyside Sharks Intermediate goalball team photo. This was taken post North region tournament with the team coming away with a bronze medal!

Do you have a favourite post-match meal? 

Our post-match meal is definitely a McDonald’s or KFC!

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

That is such a hard question as I admire all the players, staff and volunteers at Goalball UK. The Merseyside team obviously hold a special place in my heart, but every single person involved at Goalball UK are amazing!

Merseyside Sharks 2020 Intermediate Finals team photo in Birmingham.

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

 Connie enjoys playing netball and I enjoy running; however I am a bit unfit. My other passion is Liverpool FC, much to Kathryn Fielding’s displeasure!

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

I would love to go to Disneyland in Florida. Connie has been and told me how amazing it is so I’d love to be able to go with her.

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