Tomorrow, Goalball Dresden is scheduled to get back to training following their holiday break. Their practice is scheduled for 6:30 PM local time at Sporthalle in der Bernhardtstr. 18, 01069 Dresden, Germany. They are planning to continually improve their program with intention of joining Goalball Bundesliga, Germany’s national league, in 2016.
SGV Dresden runs the goalball program in Dresden. Other sports they offer include wheelchair basketball, gymnastics, table tennis, athletics, and swimming. The organization is well established locally, having been founded in 1969, and originally had thirty-two members. It has grown to include over five hundred members.
Goalball is still a developing sport in Germany. Neither the men’s nor the women’s national team competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Last year at the world championships in Espoo, both the men and women’s teams failed to make it out of group play. Two years ago, the women’s team competed at the 2013 European Championships in Turkey, where they finished fifth. Munich, Germany hosted the 2009 European Championships, where the German women finished seventh out of eleven teams. Their most recent Paralympic games appearance was 2004, where the finished sixth. They missed out on Sydney, but the did capture gold at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta. They have enjoyed recent success, with both the men and women’s team winning the FEDC International 2014 in Spain.