Four local athletes have just returned from Finland after representing their country at the European Goalball Championships.
Laura Perry and Georgina Bullen of the local Fen Tigers club played a major role for the GB women’s team at the IBSA European A Championships in Pajulhati competing against Europe’s top teams including highly-rated Israel and reigning Paralympic champions Turkey.
Both were among the goals - Perry scoring 15 and Bullen scoring two - as their team finished sixth..
And that was a fine effort seeing as they were only promoted to A level last year after a stunning undefeated gold medal performance at the B League tournament in Portugal.
Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK, said: “They performed superbly against some of the best in the world. They won a couple of matches comfortably and were competitive in every contest – and that is a tremendous testament to them, their coaches and the others that supports them.”
Their best wins were against Germany (6-0 ) and Sweden (6-2)
Dan Roper and Filmon Eyassu, also from Fen Tigers, were in the GB men’s team that finished 10th and they were also promoted to the A League last year.
The sport of goalball was originally developed to rehabilitate soldiers after WWII and has been enjoying a surge in support and participation, especially after its popularity at London 2012.