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2015: The year ahead in goalball

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With the 2016 Paralympics coming up, 2015 is a year for teams to get experience in preparation for the event and to get read for qualifications.  Beyond what is visible here, there are a lot of leagues going on in several countries.  There are likely a number of friendlies going on regionally in the Americas in preparation for the Para Pan American Games.

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January

  • Competitie Optelec League is Netherlands national goalball league and they play a  round on January 10.
  • 4th Pajulahti Games take place from January 16 – 18 in Nastola, Finland.  Goalball and Showdown are both on the program.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

February

  • From February 21 – 25, there will be an event for multiple visual impairment sports in Marseille, France.
  • Competitie Optelec League is Netherlands national goalball league and they play a  round on February 21.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

March

  • Competitie Optelec League is Netherlands national goalball league and they play a  round on March 7.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

April

  • Canadian Junior Nationals  take place at the W. Ross MacDonald School in Brantford, Ontario from April 10 – 12.
  • Canadian Senior Nationals take place at Upper Canada College at 200 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 1W6 from April 17 – 19.
  • The New Zealand Junior Disability Games take place from April 10 – 12 at  St Peter’s College, Cambridge.Sports on the program include ambulant football, athletics, blind cricket, boccia, cycling, equestrian, goalball, powerchair football, rowing, swimming, triathlon, waka ama, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

May

  • IBSA World Games take place from May 8 – 18 in Seoul, South Korea.  Sports on the program include Powerlifting, Judo, Goalball, Football, Chess, Tenpin Bowling, Tandem Cycling, Swimming, Showdown, Athletics.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

June

  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

July

  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

August

  • From August 7 – 15, the Para Pan American Games take place in Toronto. Archery, athletics, boccia, cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchiar tennis are all on the program.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

September

  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

October

  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

November

  • 2015 IBSA Goalball African Championships take place Algiers, Algeria on November 20.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

December

  • 2015 Asean Para Games take place in Singapore from December 3 – 9.  Sports on the program include archery, athletics, boccia, chess, badminton and five-a-side football, seven-a-side football, goalball, powerlifting, sailing, tenpin bowling, shooting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
  • Goalball Vereniging Waalwijk has practice in  the gymnasium of Juliana of Stolberg School, Woeringenlaan 20 Waalwijk every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00.
  • Rose City Thorns practice takes place on Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in Portland, Oregon at the Portland State University, Student Recreation Center.

 

As some of these events are a long time in the future, please double check dates as they get closer to confirm them.  If there are any dates or events missing, please comment on the post and it will be added.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

1 Comment on 2015: The year ahead in goalball

  1. Thank you for your continual promotion of goalball. You can find a lot more tournaments on the IBSA website. Please feel free to use any information on our site http://www.ibsasport.org/sports/goalball/calendar/

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