dsport is pleased to announce the Paralympic sport of Goalball is now available in Wellington.
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. Whilst play is in progress, complete silence is required in the venue to allow the players to hear and instantly react to the ball.
Goalball is now being offered on a regular basis. Training will be held at Queen Margaret College in Wellington on Saturday mornings, allowing athletes with a vision impairment an opportunity to participate in sport. Check out our Events page for more information on training dates.