Goalball will always have a special place in my heart

Jannie Hammershøi is the president of the International Blind Sports Federation IBSA. She is also a former goalball player who played many successful years in Danish national team.

“I was a handball player from 6 to 16 year old but then Retinitis Pigmentosa put an end to my dream of being a professional handball player.

In my early twenties I was introduced to a sport called goalball – and it was like coming home. It is a team sport, it is played with a ball and suddenly my dreams of being a team player again came back.

Jannie Hammershøi, Hannele Pöysti, Johanna Ikäheimo & Kari Marklund

The sport of goalball did much more for me than this, it also helped me through the process during the years I was losing my sight. Goalball made me meet a lot of other visually impaired athletes and simply made my life, slowly becoming blind, much easier.

Those were years with a lot of hard and serious training but most of all it was fun and good friendships. Goalball will always have a very special place in my heart."

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.