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Australian women gain goalball spot in Rio following Russian realloction spots

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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