Goalball was originally created to help World War Two veterans with visual impairments during rehabilitation. It was eventually nominated as a demonstration sport at the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto, and officially became part of the program in 1980.
A Goalball team consists of six players per team, and only three players are allowed on the floor at a time. There are only three positions including center, left and right wings and all three players contribute to offense and defense. Two 12 minute halves are played. They use a round blue ball with bells in it, which helps the athletes hear the ball. The object of the game is to score as many goals in the opponent’s net as you can.
Results from 2011 Parapan Am Games
Men: Gold: Brazil / Silver: USA / Bronze: Mexico / 4th: Canada.
Women: Gold: USA / Silver: Brazil / Bronze: Canada.
Click here for more results.
Venue for 2015
Mississauga Sports Centre at 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario.