By Goalball UK
The Great Britain women’s goalball team that will compete at the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball European Championships A in Rostock, Germany, from 8-13 October has been announced.
Head coach Aaron Ford has selected Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Georgie Bullen, Meme Robertson, Kali Holder and Megan Smithson-Booth to travel to the Germany in a bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The competition in the northern German city represents the last opportunity for Great Britain to secure a spot at next summer’s Paralympics.
Great Britain will be aiming for a top three finish. However, as Turkey and Russia will be participating and have already qualified for the Paralympics, being the first non-qualified team will book Great Britain’s space on the plane to the Japanese capital.
Great Britain will get underway in their group against Turkey on Wednesday 9 October, before meeting Germany later that day. The Netherlands and Israel complete the group and these games will be contested the following day.
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October will see the quarter-finals, semi-finals, bronze and gold medal matches take place.
Joining Aaron and the players in Rostock will be a coaching and physio team consisting of Becky Ashworth, Faith Fisher and Hannah Levi.
Speaking about the European Championships, Aaron said: “Everyone has worked very hard to reach this stage, the team has progressed so much on and off the court in the last 12 months. We believe the team is ready to build on some impressive performances and make the last step to compete on a global stage.
“We’re all aware of what is at stake, and there’s an awe-inspiring determination to make it happen. Whatever the outcome in Rostock, this qualifying campaign has been a real statement of intent for Great British goalball. We already have a young squad and the competition for places from the brilliant players emerging from the Talent Pathway has been the fiercest that I have ever seen.”
The 2019 IBSA Goalball European Championships A will be shown live at IBSA’s YouTube channel and IBSA Goalball’s Facebook page.
Ten teams from 15 countries will compete for the men’s and women’s titles.
Tickets and more information is available at official website.