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First ever collegiate goalball tournament scheduled for this weekend

Goalball pictogram. Goalball pictogram.

The first ever collegiate goalball tournament in the United States is scheduled to take place this weekend Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington.  It has been organized by Portland State University in Oregon.   Three universities will be competing, hosts Portland State University, University of California-Berkley and Slippery Rock University.



Play kicks off at 9:30 AM local time on Saturday with Portland State going up against Berkley.  At 1:35 PM, Portland State will take on Slippery Rock’s Green team.  Play continues on Sunday at 8:30 AM when Portland State plays Slippery Rock’s White team.


Eliana Mason will be playing for Portland State.  She was quoted by KGW as saying of the event, “I would love it if all colleges had a goalball team. That would be amazing.”  Her team is being coached by Jen Armbruster.  Both Mason and Armbruster are members of the United States women’s national team.


In January of this year,  the  Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that the Board of Directors had voted to make adaptive sports into varsity sports.  At that time,  ECAC announced they were working on a plan to create championships for  wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, goalball and sitting volleyball.


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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