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Ligue Handisport Francophone invites Belgium’s blind community to try torball

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The configuration of a torball court. Image credit: Musclor13.

While 2016 appears to be a slow year for torball with nothing on the IBSA schedule yet, Ligue Handisport Francophone is inviting Belgium’s blind community to try torball. CSMB is holding a come and try it event on Wednesday, January 27, at Hall Omnisport in Flénu from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM local time.

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Torball is a relatively popular vision impaired sport in Belgium, with enough players to support a domestic torball league with the most recent round having wrapped up in mid-December.  The national championships take place on February 20 at Collège Sint-Janberghmans in Mol.  25 teams are currently scheduled to take part, including Zilvermeer, Kempen, Woluwe, Reinaert, De Voskes, Zilvermeer, Valkaart, Wallonia, Noordzee, Postel, De Witte Molen, Csmb, Mol, Bruges, Flandria, Zilvermeer, Woluwe, Valkaart, CSMB, Mol, Noordzee, Wallonia, De Witte Molen, Postel, and Flandria.

 

Torball is a sport that was created specifically for people with visual impairments, during the 1970s.  Its origins are likely similar to that of goalball, which was originally called torball.  Each team has three players who shoot the ball at a goal. The ball in torball has bell, and weighs 500 grams.  The IBSA estimates 1,500 people in 30 countries play the sport.

Laura Hale
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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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