Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. As well every four years a World Competitions has been held with the first being in Austria in 1978. Since that time the popularity of goalball has increased to where it is played competitively in all IBSA regions.
Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players each, with a maximum of three substitutes for each team. The game is played in an indoor gymnasium on a court meausring 18m x 9m, which is divided into two halves by a centre line. Teams remain on their own half of the court during the game. The purpose of the game is for each team to throw the ball by hand, along the floor, with the purpose of getting the ball across the opponent’s goal line while the other team attempts to prevent this from happening. The goals and nets extend right across the 9m width at each end of the court. The ball weighs 1.25kg, is made of hard rubber and has holes in it that allow bells inside the ball to be hear as the ball moves.
Goalball New Zealand is a Blind Sport New Zealand affiliated sporting group and lead goalball in New Zealand, with active clubs throughout the country.
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