Yesterday, Comité Paralympique Gabonais (CPG) met with Union Nationale des Aveugles et Malvoyants (UNAMG), the country’s national association for the blind and visually impaired. UNAMG has been a regional leader in Central Africa as members of the African Union Of The Blind (AFUB), with Gabon’s Pierrette Mbanzonghe serving as the AFUB Women’s Committee Chairperson.
In response to a question on Facebook, Comité Paralympique Gabonais said that they have no intention of sending a women’s goalball team to the 2015 Goalball African Regional Championships, though hopefully this will happen in the future, “We are working on the way to develop sport for blinds, but not yet, next time.” CPG went on to say, “The purpose of the work we are doing now is to bring awareness and educate the public, we need athletes commenting in all disability categories. […] We are committed to working with the leagues and specialized associations for a better understanding of disability sports.”
Gabon is relatively new to the Paralympic movement. They made their debut at the 2008 Summer Paraympics, where Thierry Mabicka represented the country in athletics with a fourteenth place finish in the men’s F57/58 javelin event. Mabicka was the country’s only representative again at the 2012 Summer Paraympics in London, where he finished eighth in his 100m T54 final and did not advance.