Goalball’s FEDC International 2014 is taking place this weekend in Madrid, Spain. goalball.es is reporting results that Spain men’s A team defeated Greece 9 – 3. They are also reporting Germany’s women defeated Spain women’s B 10 – 0. Germany’s men team defeated Great Britain 11 – 1. Finland’s women lost to Israel 3 – 7. Spain’s men B team lost 0 – 10 to Spain’s men A team.
The Spanish women’s A team includes Laura Belle from Aragón, Arantxa Sorribes from Sevilla, Teresa Gómez of Canarias Cludeón, Beatriz Pesqueira from Tetuán and Maider Santesteban from Guipúzcoa. The Spanish women’s B team includes Lidia Baños amd Jéssica López from Murcia, Eukene Esaín from Aragón, Gaia Pérez from Tenerife andBelén Martel from Canarias Cludeón.
The Spanish men’s A team includes José Daniel Fernández from Chamartín, Jesús Santana and Román Martínez from Aragón, and Javier Serrato from Sevilla. The Spanish men’s B team includes Félix Vargas of Barcelona, Cristian Santamaría from Cantabria, Juan Pedro Solano of Cartagena and 18 year old newcomer Álvaro Rubio from Guipúzcoa.
The Spanish delegation entered the competition with an eye on Rio and the 2016 Summer Paralympics, along with the 2015 European Championships. Team leadership hopes to keep the teams fresh and focused, and with certain amount of tension, by making sure spots on the national team are competitive before rosters for major competitions are finalized.
The competition is being organized by Federación Española de Deportes para Ciegos. Traditionally, it has been held in June but because of a date conflict with this year’s Espoo, Finland hosted world championships, it was pushed back to December.