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Goalball Group Draw: The Results Are In

The group draw for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games goalball competition was held in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, May 10, with just over 100 days to go. Ten men’s and 10 women’s teams were represented by gold balls at the Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y to be drawn by Mikako Kotani, the sports director for Tokyo 2020. In the men’s draw, defending Paralympic Games champions Lithuania were picked against world champions Brazil in pool A. Adding to the tension in the top-class group are Rio 2016 silver medalists the USA, hosts Japan, and African champions Algeria. USA men’s goalball Head…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Sean Walker

Sean Walker discovered goalball while attending The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, and now he has spent most of the last 10 months honing his craft at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Find out more about this guitar-playing Paralympic hopeful from in this Q&A: Q: How did you get into the sport of goalball? A: I was first introduced to goalball at the age of 12 when I first started attending The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB). Q: Specific memories that stand out to you as a…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Libby Daugherty

Libby Daugherty poses for a photo at the U.S. Paralympic Training Site at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (photo by Julie Larame) Libby Daugherty was introduced to goalball after being seen by a coach at a track and field event. Now, she is training with the USA Women's Goalball National Team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as she finishes up her college courses in kinesiology with graduation in May. Find out more about this Paralympic hopeful from Texas in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? At the age of 10, I was at a track and field-type…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Amanda Dennis

Amanda Dennis poses for a photo at the U.S. Paralympic Training Site at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (photo by Julie Larame) Aiming for her third straight Paralympic Games, 27-year-old Amanda Dennis spent the past year getting married to German goalball player Michael Feistle and training for much of the year in Berlin. Find out more about this ambidextrous lover of sweets in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? A: When I was little I played soccer for a season, because my older brother did that, and I wanted to be like him. I got enrolled…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Josh Welborn

Josh Welborn makes a stop with his legs during the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (photo by Shannon Galea/Wheelchair Sports USA) Did you know Josh Welborn was a guitarist and singer in a "past life"? And that if he makes the U.S. Paralympic Team this year it won't be his first trip to Tokyo? Find out more about this entrepreneur and pizza lover in this Q&A: Q: How were you first exposed to goalball? A: I was first exposed to goalball by (seven-time Paralympian) Jen Armbruster when I was 6 years old at a sports camp for the…  Read More

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