Following the announcement that the re-allocation of Paralympic spots to fill the ones left by Russia’s suspensions from the 2016 Summer Paralympics, Australia women’s national goalball team found themselves with a surprise invite to the Games. The Australian women go to Rio ranked sixth in the world, behind fifth ranked Japan and ahead of seventh ranked Turkey.
In anticipation of a potential invite to Rio following the initial Russian suspension, they held a national team training camp last weekend in Sydney. They had competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where they finished last in their group and were unable to win a single game in group play.
Australia also picked up spots in the athletics and wheelchair tennis. They will be now sending two additional athletes and one additional tennis player.