Perry achieves her goal in Spain

Laura Perry from March (back row, third from the right) is pictured with the rest of the GB Goalball squad.
Laura Perry from March (back row, third from the right) is pictured with the rest of the GB Goalball squad.
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A player from March was in the GB ladies goalball team that won bronze medals in a big international tournament in Spain.

Laura Perry, who founded the Fen Tigers Goalball Club, finished as the third top goalscorer in the FEDC Invitational Goalball Tournament in Madrid, helping secure a podium position against some of the top teams in Europe.

They beat Belgium (10-0) and Spain (11-1) and finished the competition with the second best goal difference of +17 behind the Rio-qualifying USA team.

The GB men also won the bronze medal.

Next up for the GB team, as they aim to secure qualification for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, is the European Championships in October.

Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for blind or visually impaired athletes and was originally devised as a rehabilitation programme for injured soldiers returning from World War II.

Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells in it into the opponents’ goal.

All players are blindfolded.