To experience the inclusive sport of goalball, Alana Tiller, SPW old scholar and SA goalball representative, visits our Year 4 children.
As part of the Year 4 Unit of Inquiry, ‘Who We Are – Belonging and Including Others’, children in Year 4 have been exploring the sport of goalball.
Goalball is a sport for people with visual impairment. It was invented in 1946 for Post-World War II blind veterans. Over the years it has gained international acceptance and is now recognised as a Paralympic sport.
Alana Tiller, Old Scholar of SPW, is a SA goalball representative. We asked her to share her experiences and skills with children.
Each class was led in a coaching session by Alana. We asked the children to reflect on their thoughts about goalball.
“Goalball is a game for people who are blind. If you can see you can still play because everyone has to wear a blindfold. I loved goalball.”
“At goalball I felt really nervous but when I started playing I wasn’t scared anymore. Some of the men who play roll the ball really fast. When you play a proper game you wear protective clothes.”
“The boundaries were made of raised tape so you could feel them. I liked that there is a really big space to get a goal. It is so fun!”
Thanks Alana for visiting SPW. We appreciate the time you spent with our Year 4 children. We wish you all the best with your goalball endeavours.