dsport is pleased to announce Goalball is now available in Wellington.
Goalball is a Paralympic sport for Para athletes with vision impairments. The sport consists of three players in each team and two goals. Each game involves two halves of 12 minutes each.
Para athletes use blackout masks to ensure equality on the playing indoor court, as the severity of Para athletes’ impairment may differ. The object of the game is for players to throw the ball so that it rolls towards/into the opposite goal, while opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies to avoid conceding a goal.
The rubber ball has a bell inside it to orient players, indicating the direction of the on-coming ball. While play is in progress, complete silence is required in the venue to allow the players to hear and instantly react to the ball.
Training for goalball is held at Queen Margaret College gym on Saturday mornings (9am-11am) on a fortnightly basis in March, then moves weekly from April to August. For training dates check out our Events page