The Australian Goalball Championships is the most prestigious event on the Goalball Calendar. From October 4th – 7th 2018, Goalball Western Australia will host the 38th Australian Championships.
Victoria are proud to announce that in 2018, we will have representation in three divisions; Youth (19 and under), Open Aged Women and Open Aged Men. Congratulations to the following athletes and coaches who have been selected to represent Victoria.
Youth (19 and under)
Thanhtuoc Autran 15 (West Footscray), Thientuoc Autran 16 (West Footscray), Emma Jago (Altona), Aiden Quilty 17 (Bellbrae) Coach: Brooke Carter (Rosanna)
Open Aged Women
Brooke Carter 26 (Rosanna), Sinead Mooney 27 (South Melbourne), Clare Whelan 20 (Essendon), Teresa Whelan 22 (Essendon) Coach: Daniel Pritchard (Tecoma)
Open Aged Men
Amir Abdi 29 (Hawthorn East), Sam Byrne 28 (Prahran), Michael Lescohier 27 (Canberra), Daniel Pritchard 23 (Tecoma) Coach: Colin Townsend (Altona)
Our teams have high hopes for claiming Gold in their respective divisions at this year’s competition. Men’s Players Sam Byrne and Daniel Pritchard returned home from the Goalball World Championships in Sweden last month after strong performances while former Youth teammates, Thientuoc Autran and Clare Whelan helped their side win Silver in front of a home crowd at last years Youth titles. Clare, now in the Women’s team is ready to help her fellow players make a name for themselves as she lines up on the court with Brooke Carter and Sinead Mooney who both have more than 15 years of national and international competitions under their belt. In Youth, the Autran duo reunite after their last performance saw them win Gold at the Junior Championships in 2016.
All squads are training hard and are eagerly waiting the trip to come.