“It was a hard-fought match and a real spectacle. The players were throwing the goalball at up to 70 kilometres per hour, so it takes some real skill for defenders to dive and save shots like that. Then there is the bravery of having a ball that weighs 1.25kg thrown at you whilst wearing eyeshades.”
Mr Winder said the inflatable goals and barriers, supplied by New Zealand company Packaworld International, had great potential for helping clubs and organisations grow participation numbers.
The Goalball Packagoals can be deflated when not in use, making them easy to store, and transport between venues. Packafences keep the game flowing and reduce the amount of time players and officials spend retrieving shots that miss.
“We’re always seeking innovation, particularly if it will help us grow participation in goalball,” Mr Winder said. “This new high-quality portable gear will make it so much easier for us to introduce the game to new people and communities, especially when we work in schools.
“It is timely as we have recently started our national schools programme. I see the goals being really beneficial for this activity.”