What is your role at Goalball UK?
How did you discover goalball?
In 2017 I was looking for a role within an Governing Body. My career for the past twenty years has been summed up by Nelson Mandela:
“Sport has the power to change the world, It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
I saw the advert for the role I am lucky to hold and watched our Transforming Lives video. I was hooked. I had found a sport that actually did it, rather than the sport as a vehicle.
Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood?
It is usually a long drive for me and I would be listening to Radio X. Unless there was a cricket match on and then it would be Radio 5 Live.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
It is a long time since I played sport, but I would always pack my bag for any sport the night before.
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
I will usually get home and order a curry (chicken madras).
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
It is unfair to name any individual. I think I admire all, however I also admire our officials, coaches and the volunteers. Giving up their time to make sure the sport can happen.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
I enjoy reading and watching movies when I have downtime.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
Where I would really want to go is Tokyo in 2021, Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028… But only if it is to Watch a Great Britain team in the Paralympics.