Goalball teams win Parapan Am Bronze, Qualify for Rio

The Canadian men easily beat Argentina 13-3 to get bronze. The win came on the heels of disappointing 3-2 extra time loss to the United States in the semifinals. The Canadian women took bronze after trouncing Guatemala 11-1. The Brazilian women won gold, beating the United States 7-6. On Saturday, the Brazilian men also earned gold, defeating the U.S. 10-4.

With the stands full of fans in red and white, Canada entered the Mississauga Sports Centre in high spirits Saturday morning against Argentina in the men’s Parapan Am Games bronze medal goalball game. Those fans constantly had to be told to quiet down — the blindfolded athletes need to be able to hear the jangling ball — but riding the crowd’s enthusiasm, Canada easily won the game 13-3, earning a place at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“We knew we had to come in here and a win a game,” Canada’s top scorer, Brendan Gaulin, said after the match. “We came out firing on all cylinders — it was just our day!”

Invented to help rehabilitate blinded World War II veterans, goalball made its Paralympic debut in 1976. In the sport, two teams of three face off against each other on an indoor court with goals stretching across either end. Players score by rolling the ball into their opponent’s net and use their bodies to block the opposing team’s shots. There are two 12 minute halves. Markers on the court help the athletes find their places.

By:  News Reporter, Published on Sat Aug 15 2015


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