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Come Join the Kingston Goalball Club!

Have you ever heard of Goalball? Goalball is a paralympic sport played by blind or visually impaired men and women. Canada has a medal winning paralympic team in the sport and yet many people have never heard of it!

Goalball has come to Kingston and is hoping to grow and expand in the community. The sport, played on a gym court sectioned off into 3 wings and split across the middle with tactile painters tape, uses a ball slightly larger than a basketball with bells in it called a goalball. The game is played 3 on 3 where athletes (all of whom are blind folded) use their bodies to block shots made in their wing and their ears to track the ball on the court. Goalball encourages fitness while enhancing social and team building skills.

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The Kingston Goalball Club is currently looking to recruit athletes, volunteers, and a coach. Their roles and responsibilities would be:

Volunteers:

  • Help tape gym floor
  • Play games if short on athletes
  • Retrieve balls
  • Help organize fundraisers and spread the word about goalball to friends and family
  • Be available Thursday evenings for practice; consider travelling with the team to tournaments
  • Willing to learn sighted guide and other techniques useful when interacting with people who are blind or low vision
  • Enthusiastic, committed, passionate and willing to learn!

 

Athletes:

  • 16 and above
  • Able to handle physical activity i.e. throwing balls, sliding on gym floor, blocking shots with body
  • If sighted, comfortable being blind folded
  • Committed to the team; attend practices regularly, contribute to fundraising efforts, willing to travel to tournaments
  • Be available on Thursday evenings for practices
  • Willing to become a member of the Ontario Blind Sports Association
  • Enthusiastic, passionate and willing to learn!

 

Coaches:

  • Be available on Thursday evenings for practices
  • Preferably able to commit long-term
  • Help with fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns
  • Background in health and fitness preferable
  • Willingness to learn about goalball and participate in coaching workshop offered by the Ontario Blind Sports Association
  • Willing to learn sighted guide and other techniques useful when interacting with people who are blind or low vision
  • Take the lead!

 

Questions/inquiries and expressions of interest can be directed to Arshina Kassam by e-mail at kingstongoalball@gmail.com. Click here to access the Club’s facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you on the court!

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