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Goalball teams announced for 2015 Para Pan American Games

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On Wednesday, the IBSA sent announcements to national goalball teams regarding which teams had been invited to participate in the  2015 Para Pan American Games.  These teams included  Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

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Following this announcement, teams set about trying to arrange matches in preparation for the competition.  Puerto Rico was invited by Nicaragua and Venezuela.  Because of Venezuela’s participation in the Para Pan American Games, they are currently working on trying to set that up.

 

Going into the Para Pan American Games, the Puerto Rico team has some challenges.  Currently, the team practices two days a week in a physical education classroom at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.  The space has issues, that make developing an elite program difficult.  The floors are non-regulation cement, and players risk injury playing on it.  The Puerto Ricans are also in the process of trying to find a person to assist in leading their program ahead of the 2015 IBSA World Games in May in Seoul, where they hope to send a team.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 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.

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