An image of Nansi stood looking at the camera, wearing a Goalball UK jacket 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 our online platforms so the Goalball Family can get to know each other a bit better ahead of getting back on the court and playing our sport again!

This week we caught up with Nansi Hidrej!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for Birmingham.

How did you discover goalball?

When I was on an extended assessment at RNC, I tried goalball as part of a Learning and Leisure session. I then joined Croysutt Warriors, the club closest to my home, then when I moved to Coventry to start university, I joined Birmingham.

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 grime music although when I’m in the gym I tend to listen to chart stuff.

Image shows Nansi Stood with her GB under 19 teammates holding a union jack flag

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Not really. We tend to talk tactics and then do our club chant.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

We often go to the pub together for a meal or if not I like a Nando’s – my favourite is a Butterfly wrap with chips.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

It’s definitely my teammates because they are all willing to help each other so that we all progress.

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

I used to enjoy singing but I’m doing a Law degree at the moment so, what with goalball as well, I don’t really have much free time.

Image shows Nansi sat on a boat with her GB teammates and coaches

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

I think I’d like to go to the Maldives just to chill out and relax. It sounds like a beautiful place. I went to Australia with the GB Women’s U19 team for the IBSA World Youth Championships in 2019 which was a brilliant experience. We went on a boat trip around Sydney harbour.

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