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 Steve Jones!
What club do you play for or coach?
I coach at South Wales Goalball Club.
How did you discover goalball?
When volunteering as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympics. I met some goalball players in the Athletes Village and then went to watch some of their matches.
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’ve been listening to a lot of Toploader this summer and love the song ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
Chicken Saag with pilau rice and a Peshwari naan.
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
Tyler Merren of the USA men’s goalball team. He is a great player and has competed at 4 Paralympic Games. He is also the founder of ReVision Training which creates audio fitness apps to guide visually impaired athletes through their workouts.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
I am chairman of a wheelchair rugby team and I enjoy swimming once a week.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
The French-speaking Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. An unusual fact about myself is that I am a Welshman who speaks fluent French but only a little Welsh!