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.

A training session group photo, with people holding different sized goalballs (standard blue one, and a youth orange ball). On the right side of the picture, people are wearing red South Wales kit, meanwhile on the left is more casual clothes.

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.

Steve Jones holding the golden Olympic Torch whilst wearing a purple game makers shirt. Steve is standing in front of a wall which has the 5 Olympic Rings.

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.

A South Wales group picture in a sports hall at a Hereford competition. two players are holding a big Welsh flag, with 3 people stood closely behind them including Steve Jones.

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!

South Wales bronze medal team photo with everyone wearing their bright red jerseys. 4 players are standing with coach Steve Jones, who has a big smile after leading the team to 3rd!

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