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Tokyo 2020

The Unshakeable Focus of Josh Welborn and USA Men’s Goalball


article courtesy of International Blind Sports Federation Josh Welborn throws the goalball at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Photo by Mark Reis At the tender age of 22, Josh Welborn has seen his fair share of success on the goalball court. Having been part of the silver medal-winning team at last year’s Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he led the U.S. team with 19 goals, Welborn is now one of the team's hopefuls heading to next year’s Paralympic Games. As a finance student at the University of Utah, Welborn’s love and passion for the sport bodes well for the…  Read More

Amanda Dennis, USA Women’s Goalball Team Fired Up For Tokyo in 2021


(article courtesy International Blind Sports Federation) USA Women's Goalball Coach Jake Czechowski raises his arms in the air as assistant coach John Potts, trainer Jen Brown, and players Lisa Czechowski and Shavon Lockhardt celebrate a victory over Canada at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (photo by Mark Reis) A couple of veteran players mixed with a fresh, younger team, together with a new defensive system, means that the defending women’s bronze medalists, the USA, are fired up, ready for Tokyo 2020.Having competed in the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympics, Amanda Dennis and her team are using…  Read More

When The Goal Moves, How Do Goalball Athletes Adjust?

by Bill Kellick The date August 25, 2020, was circled on all the calendars of Paralympic hopefuls across the U.S. and around the world. As the day on which the Paralympic torch would be lit during the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, it represented a goal. For athletes in the sport of goalball – a Paralympic sport played by athletes with visual impairments using a ball with bells inside -- the goal signifies everything. During a game, they cannot see the goal, but they know it’s there…right across from them at the other end of the court. Sure,…  Read More

With Semifinal Win In Qualifier, U.S. Women’s Goalball Team Earns Paralympic Quota Spot

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (July 9, 2019) -- A day after earning a quota spot at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the U.S. women’s goalball team fell just shy of a gold medal at the International Blind Sports Association qualifier in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American squad lost Tuesday’s gold-medal match 5-3 to China, who won all nine of their contests in the tournament. For the U.S. it was their first loss of event to go along with one tie. A back-and-forth first half of action saw the U.S. counter each China goal, with five-time Paralympians Asya Miller (Portland, Ore.) and…  Read More

Competition Pools and Livestream Plans Announced for 2019 IBSA Goalball Qualifier in Fort Wayne

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 29, 2019) – The competition pools for goalball have been assigned for the upcoming 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) International Qualifier to be held July 2-9 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition, a robust livestream coverage plan for the goalball and judo competitions has been finalized, with Alan March Sport, Ltd., providing unprecedented coverage of this important qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. The 27 goalball teams vying to secure their spot in next year’s Paralympic Games include 14 men’s and 13 women’s squads. Each gender has been divided into two pools as…  Read More

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