Road to Tokyo – Next stop: Pajulahti

Laura Perry is one of the key players in the Great Britain women’s goalball team which got promoted to the A Division of the Goalball European Championships after triumphing in the 2016 Euro B’s in Portugal.

“I have always played sports from a young age and when I became visually impaired at the age of 16 due to a brain tumour I wanted to find a sport that I could still play competitively.

It took me a while to find out about goalball but I have loved it ever since I threw my first ball. I started playing goalball around three and half years ago and was picked up quite quickly at an ID talent day and was soon playing for Great Britain. I feel very proud to represent my country in a sport I love.

Great Britain women's goalball team celebrating a victory

The whole team worked very hard building up to the Euro B last year and it all paid off as we performed to our best. We are now training hard to try to replicate that success in the Euro A this year.

We are very excited to have some young and talented youth players coming through which is great. Our aim is to qualify to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and the up and coming Euros are a stepping stone to that. We are hoping to continue our momentum we created in the Euro B in Portugal and hope to show the world our goalball talents.”

There will be total of 22 blog texts published in the Pajulahti 2017 blog, one text every week until the 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships on 18–22 of September. Each week there will be a different writer. New blog text will be published every Wednesday.