Our Resident and Member, Paralympian Raissa Martin is off to Tokyo to represent Australia for the second time!
She has excelled for some years now in the very physically demanding sport of Goalball. We know just how hard she has worked to make this dream a reality. So from all of us here at Link Vision and our community… congratulations Raissa! we are all very proud of you.
Send your messages to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LinkVisionOpShop and we’ll pass it onto her!
Goalball is a sport exclusively for athletes with vision impairment. It was invented in 1946 in an effort to rehabilitate the blind veterans from World War II and made its Paralympic debut in 1976 in Toronto, Canada.
The object of Goalball is to roll the ball into the opponent’s goal while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies.
Bells inside the ball help to orientate the players by indicating the direction of the oncoming ball. Therefore, while play is in progress, complete silence is required in the venue to allow the players to concentrate and react instantly to the ball.
Goalball is played by male and female athletes with vision impairment and athletes wear blackout masks on the playing court. This allows athletes with varying degrees of vision to participate together.
Choose from the following hashtags on your favorite social media to keep up to date with the Tokyo Paralympics:
#aussiebelles #paralympicsaustralia #blindsportsaustralia #sportingwheelies #readysettokyo
Follow Raissa’s Instagram at – https://www.instagram.com/raissa.martin or search @raissa.martin
Find out more about the Paralympics at – https://www.paralympic.org.au/tokyo2020
Learn more about Goalball at –https://www.paralympic.org.au/sports/goalball