Khalil in front of a pyramid in Egypt! Khalil is doing a pinching action with the top of the pyramid in the background, impressive! 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 Khalil Richard!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for South Yorkshire.

How did you discover goalball?

I played a little bit at secondary school (Tapton in Sheffield) and at Sheffield Actionnaires. When I was 13, I then joined South Yorkshire Goalball Club and have been playing ever since. I think my first tournament was in Hull in December 2011.

Group photo of 3 South Yorkshire players in front of a Goalball UK banner.

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 to listen to jazz music on a morning to help me chill out. I also like Yemeni music which reflects my heritage and is usually guitar based.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I always make sure that I pack my bag the night before as it is often an early start to travel to tournaments. I then like to get a good night’s sleep. In the morning, I can’t leave the house before having a coffee!

Khalil holding a silver trophy with a big cheesy smile on his face!

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I try to have some protein, to help my muscles start to recover, so grilled chicken or steak is good. I also sometimes have a slice of cheesecake as a treat.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I’m grateful to Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) – especially Cheryl Swift – who supported me a lot when I was growing up and first started playing goalball. At South Yorkshire, we are a big family, we all support each other but I definitely look up to Caleb Nanevie and Anthony O’Keefe and am inspired by what they have achieved.

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

I play VI cricket. I also enjoy listening to football commentary on the radio. I have a soft spot for Sheffield Wednesday, but I follow any football game – in every league and competition. I also enjoy watching Netflix. I like documentaries and dramas like Narcos.

Khalil in the mix of a South Yorkshire group photo in front of two Goalball UK banners.

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

Egypt. I have been before but only for a short trip so would like to go again to have more time to visit the museums and learn about the culture.

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