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Goalball Gametime with Eliana Mason

2016 Paralympic bronze medalist Eliana Mason is headed to her second straight Paralympic Games in Tokyo this August. Find out more about this Paralympian from Beaverton, Oregon, in this Q&A: Q: Talk about how it feels to be playing alongside some of your teammates from who you learned the game as a youngster. A: I have been playing goalball for 10 years. Throughout this time I have had amazing teammates as role models to help me become the athlete I am today. I am really looking forward to the opportunity of competing alongside my fellow teammates who helped shape my…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Mindy Cook

Mindy Cook is headed to her first Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. This pumpkin spice-loving Ohio State football fan balances a full-time job with her world-class goalball training. Find out more about this first-time Paralympian from the Buckeye State in this Q&A: Q: How were you exposed to goalball? A: In 2016, my good friend Jim Debus and I were co-workers. He was very persistent that I attend a practice with the Columbus team. After participating in a few practices I was hooked. Jim encouraged me to attend my first tournament in Michigan as a pool player in 2017. It was…  Read More

U.S. Goalball Teams Announced For Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA (June 9, 2021) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes has revealed the 12 athletes selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the sport of goalball. The announcement was made Wednesday at Turnstone Center, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and home to the Goalball Center of Excellence and the USA Goalball Resident Athlete Training Program. Named to the men’s team were Zach Buhler (Huntington, Ind.), John Kusku (Commerce Township, Mich.), Tyler Merren (Coral Springs, Fla.), Matt Simpson (Smyrna, Ga.), Daryl Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.) and…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Zach Buhler

Zach Buhler is not only a Paralympic hopeful in the sport of goalball, but he is also a four-time Beep Baseball World Series champion. Find out more about this Paralympic hopeful from Indiana in this Q&A: Zach Buhler and his wife Bailey were married in August of 2020. Q: You were introduced to goalball just prior to the last Paralympic Games in 2016. Five years later you are one of the top players in the U.S. with a shot to compete in Tokyo or future Games. How does it feel to have progressed in the sport so quickly? A: It’s…  Read More

USA Goalball Teams Capture Gold and Silver at Trakai Tournament

The USA Men's and Women's Goalball teams pose on the court with their medals and trophies at the Trakai Tournament in Lithuania. Left to right are Lisa Czechowski, Matt Simpson, Asya Miller, Daryl Walker, Eliana Mason, Calahan Young, Mindy Cook, Tyler Merren, Amanda Dennis and Marybai Huking. (Trakai, Lithuania) -- With just 93 days until the Paralympic flame is lit in Tokyo, the USA Men's and Women's Goalball teams are serving notice that they look to repeat their podium finishes from five years ago in Rio. The USA Men's 1 team defeated defending Paralympic champion Lithuania on their home court…  Read More

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