Profile of Yusuf, dressed in a smart suit!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 this opportunity where we have a bit more time on our hands to get to know you all a little bit better.

This week we caught up with Yusuf Huraira, from the Birmingham Goalball Club.

How did you discover goalball?

I was in primary school when the sport was introduced in PE lessons. Moving to secondary school, I started to play the sport more frequently and gained a real understanding of the sport. It was from there when I joined Birmingham in 2015 and have never looked back.

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?

Not really. I just listen to whatever is on my playlist. In addition, a great motivational conversation with my teammates also helps to fuel me with excitement and get me into the mood.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Before a game, we all get together, bring our hands in and shout ‘Birmingham’. Once again this helps to add a sense of determination to the squad before the game begins.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I don’t really go anywhere special after a game to eat. It’s only when I get home that I will either have a pizza as a reward or some tuna pasta to keep healthy.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why? 

Mohammed Ahmed. Reason being because of his motivation, resilience and determination within the sport.

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

I play blind cricket and socialise with friends.

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

Malaysia. This being the food, culture and I’ve heard that the atmosphere is brilliant.

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