The history of the game
If you were wondering what Goalball is and how it’s played you have come to the right place. In this post I’m going to go over what it is and will tell you about the people who founded this sport. I have a more detailed post about the rules here.
Goalball was designed specifically for visually impaired athletes. The two men that created this sport were Hanz Lorenzen from Austrian and Sepp Reindle from German. They founded the sport in 1946 after world war II to help rehabilitate visually impaired veterans.
Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball with bells embedded in it into the opponents goal. Teams would alternate rolling or throwing the ball from one end of the area to the other. Players remain in the area by their own goal in both attack and defense. They must use the sound of the bells to figure out the position of the ball. At this time the crowd must remain quit so the players can hear where the ball is.
A game of goalball consist of two 12-minute halves (use to be 10-minute halves). Every player has to wear eyeshades so everyone is on a level playing field. Some players also chose to wear eyepatches to ensure complete coverage of the eye.
In 1950s and 60s evolved into competitive sport. In 1976 it was nominated as demonstration sport for the summer Paralympics in arnhem. Austria held the sport’s first world championship in 1978. It was added as to the summer Paralympics in 1980. This made it the first Paralympics sport designed exclusively for disabled players.
Goalball started out as sport to help visually impaired world war II veterans. It’s amazing that it became so much more. i bet when hanz and sepp started the sport they never saw it becoming more than just rehabilitation for veterans. This goes to show you can accomplish a lot by just helping people. I hope you learned something new today by reading this article. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anymore questions
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