The 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships took place in the Pajulahti Paralympic Training Center, Finland, from the 18th to the 22nd of September.
The organisers of the event, the Finnish Sports Association of Persons with Disabilities
, published a six-part “Road to Pajulahti” video series to present goalball as a sport and to follow the home team’s journey towards the Euros.
In the sixth and last part of the video series, Erkki Miinala of the Finnish men’s team, Iida Kauppila of the Finnish women’s team, and men’s head coach Jarkko Pokkinen put the tournament in perspective from the home team’s point of view.
Unfortunately Miinala injured his throwing arm just before the Euros and couldn’t play in Pajulahti. That had an impact on Finnish team’s performances as they narrowly escaped relegation to the Division B. The Finnish women’s team was relegated, though, after finishing eighth in the tournament.
The video has English subtitles and it can be watched here: https://youtu.be/8sch9vnMtrc
Previously published “Road to Pajulahti” videos can be watched here: https://www.pajulahti2017.fi/en/event/road-to-pajulahti-videos
The full results and final standing from the 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships are available on the Goalball results page
Caption: banner for the championships.