A female GB goalball player is centre of the court, with her arm drawn back ready to throw the ball

Goalball UK confirms GB Men line up alteration ahead of IBSA European A Division Championships 2023.

Chris Colbert joins the Men after injury concerns mean David Scott is unable to take part.

Both the Men and Women’s squad will travel to Montenegro for the major competition which is also a selection event for the Paris 2024 Paralympics. 

For the Men this is their first appearance in the A division Euros since 2017 and for the Women it represents their third Paris 2024 qualification opportunity in the space of 12 months. They will be looking to build upon their 7th place finishes at both the World Championships and World Games. 

Both squads will compete against top teams from across Europe in the hope of coming away with automatic selection to the Paralympics. 

The 12 athletes selected are:

GBR Women 

Georgie Bullen, Antonia Bunyan, Sarah Leiter, Meme Robertson, Megan Smithson-Booth and Lois Turner.

GBR Men 

Matt Loftus, Josh Murphy, Caleb Nanevie, Joe Roper, Dan Roper and Chris Colbert

Reserve:  Stuart Hudson

Gary Fraser, High Performance Lead at Goalball UK, said We are proud to send two squads to represent Great Britain at the European Championships. For the Men it’s their first time competing in the A division since 2017, and for the Women we are aiming to build on their 7th place finishes in both the World Championships and World Games. This competition is the final major event in a busy 12-month period and is the last in the cycle prior to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Goalball UK’s High-Performance programme is supported by UK Sport, Boost Charitable Trust and the Peter Harrison Foundation.

Goalball UK would also like to thank Perfection Travel and Events Ltd, Direct Business Group, SOL PV, PE Office and Northern Accountants for their support as shirt sponsors for the squads.

The IBSA Goalball European Championships take place from 6th – 17th December 2023 in Podgorica, Montenegro. It is expected that the event will be live streamed on IBSA’s YouTube channel with more details to follow closer to the event.

GB group round schedule

DateMatchGB WomenGB Men
Sunday 10th DecemberGroup rounds15:30 GBW v Turkey13:00 GBM v Lithuania
Monday 11th DecemberGroup rounds13:00 GBW v Germany14:15 GBM v Belgium
Tuesday 12th DecemberGroup rounds08:00 GBW v Ukraine10:30 GBM v Germany
Wednesday 13th DecemberGroup rounds11:45 GBM v Greece
Thursday 14th DecemberQuarter finals
Friday 15th DecemberSemi finals
Saturday 16th DecemberFinals

Further information

GB High Performance Programme