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Sweden women claim gold while men claim silver at an international goalball tournament in Venice

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Swedish women with their trophy. Image credit: Hammarby Goalball

Yesterday, the Swedish women’s team won an international tournament held in Venice.



The Swedish men finished second at the same tournament, after losing 4 – 11 to the Czech in the final.  The men were missing three of their best players for the competition, with the event being more of a chance for development players to get a chance at competing at the elite level.  The qualified for the final after beating Slovenia 6 – 4. The Czechs beat Ukraine 9 – 1 to qualify for the finals.


For some teams, the competition was a warmup for the 2015 IBSA World Games, scheduled to be held in May in South Korea. It is one of two remaining opportunities for European women and men’s teams to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. Sweden’s women have been drawn in Group Y with Japan, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Spain and Ghana.


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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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