With the Malmö Lady and Men Intercup having gotten underway yesterday in Sweden, the United States women have been dominating the competition. The team is in Group B with Japan, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland and Denmark. The United States opened with an 8 – 2 victory over Great Britain. They carried their winning ways into a 10 – 0 shlacking of Denmark. They then had narrow 2 – 1 victory against Japan.
Unlike a number of women’s teams at this competition, the United States women have already qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio after winning gold at last year’s IBSA World Championships. In January of this year, the team was ranked fourth in the world behind China, Japan and Brazil. For them, this is more about getting in more and continual experience competing at the highest level, and trying to ramp up interest in their sport on the domestic level.
The team and its players have been pretty active in the past few months. Members of the United States women’s national goalball team participated an elite skills training camp in December at the Washington State School for the Blind. National team player Jen Armbruster also helped organize the first ever collegiate goalball tournament that took place last weekend in the United States. Teammate Eliana Mason took part, playing for the Portland State University side.