Every Thursday we put the spotlight on the people involved with goalball – from players, officials, coaches, supporters and more.

This week we caught up with Robyn Gell.

Daniel White - Croysutt Warriors. Daniel is stood with his arms up holding a trophy
Daniel is stood at the front of a team photo holding a trophy. There are seven other Croysutt Warriors around Daniel. They are stood infront of a Goalball UK banner
Daniel is stood with other players all holding a certificate

What club do you play for or coach?

I am part of the #FindTheNext Goalball Academy. I have played for RNC Sport Academy for the past couple of seasons, but I have left there now as I have just started at Birmingham City University.   

How did you discover goalball?

I first played when I was about 7 when I used to attend Sheffield Actionnaires. I played a little bit at school, just for fun, and started playing competitively when I went to study at RNC. 

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 am slightly obsessed by Irish music! I especially like The High Kings and Seamus Kennedy.  

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I need a good amount of coffee! 

Do you have a favourite post-match meal? 

It’s got to be a McDonalds! Twenty Chicken McNuggets with fries and a diet coke – with no ice as I’m fussy! 

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Meme Robertson. I have trained and played alongside her at RNC and she is great.  

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

I enjoy breakdancing. I also like listening to music, eating and generally chilling out! 

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

I would like to go to Dublin as Irish people are so friendly and happy. I would also be able to listen to some good music whilst having a pint of Guinness!  

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