Goalball team needs funds to compete in South Korea

Motherwell goalball player Andrea Logan is working hard to raise funds to get Team GB to the IBSA World Games in Seoul next month.

With cuts to funding, the team faces missing out on the tournament and, with it, their last chance to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

The team have been working tirelessly to meet the £35,000 needed to get them to the tournament.

Goalball is the only Paralympic team sport for women, played with raised floor markings, blindfolds are used to ensure an even playing field as players locate the ball through sound.

Andrea first discovered Goalball at a ‘have a go’ session in 2013, within a year, she was invited to join the GB team.

As well as appealing to local banks and business for sponsorship, she and her teammates also appeared on an episode of BBC’s Eggheads which will be screened later this year.

Andrea said: “It’s not an exaggeration to say Goalball changed my life. It’s amazing to play a sport designed with my disability in mind. My confidence has grown massively and I never thought I’d be playing sport at an international level.

“We were the wild card at London 2012. No one expected us to do as well as we did. By the end of the games, we were the second most successful GB women’s team sport across both the Paralympics and the Olympics.

“We want to take that same attitude to Seoul. It’s our last shot at Rio so we’ll be giving it our all.”

To support the team visit JustGiving