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Eight Paralympic Medalists Dot U.S. Goalball Rosters for Parapan American Games

(July 25, 2019) -- The United States will send a seasoned group of goalball athletes, sprinkled with a few rising stars, to Lima, Peru, to compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games next month. Two-thirds of the men’s and women’s goalball rosters include medalists from the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. For the U.S. men’s goalball team, the Parapan Am Games represent the final opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. The team will need to finish on the top step of the podium to secure their ticket to Tokyo next year. Four returning members from the silver-medal winning…  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

NFC Participants Travel Equivalent of 11 Times Around Earth

Over the past eight months, more than 450 Americans who are blind and visually impaired participated in the sixth annual National Fitness Challenge, hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Together, participants took more than 631 million steps, tracked by Fitbit technology, to improve their physical fitness. The final number of "miles traveled" during the eight-month program (276,148) equals an astounding 11 trips around the earth. Seventeen regional partners in nine states hosted multiple events and sports programming for NFC participants throughout the eight-month program. Activities included tandem cycling, beep baseball, yoga, kayaking, skiing, running, 5-a-side soccer, goalball…  Read More

Goalball Schedules Announced for IBSA Qualifier

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 14, 2019) – The competition schedules for goalball have been announced for the upcoming 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) International Qualifier to be held July 2-9 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are 27 goalball teams vying to secure their spot in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, including 14 men’s and 13 women’s squads. Each gender has been divided into two pools as follows: Men’s Pool A                                                           …  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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