Fen Tigers earn silver in a parasport goalball tournament in Sweden
PUBLISHED: 14:48 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:48 13 February 2018
The Fen Tigers goalball players earned a silver medal when they were one of four British teams who flew to Sweden to take part in a European championship tournament.
The players took part in the Malmo Open 2018, the European parasport games
They were the only team from the East of England - the others were from Worcester, Hereford and Winchester - and proudly represented the Fens.
Emma Evans said: “There were around 2,000 athletes from 28 different countries who took part in 14 different sports for people with disabilities.
“Fen Tigers was established in 2016 and this was its first international goalball tournament.
“It was absolutely phenomenal, we went wit no expectations and just to have a great experience and are so pleased to come away with silver.”
A British team hasn’t been in the top six for the last four years.
Fen Tigers won their pool and played the Swedish ladies international team in the semi-final beating them with a convincing 11-7 win.
In the final the team played Linkopings, an experienced well-seasoned team from Sweden, who they beat in the pools 4-3.
Unfortunately their defence was too hard to break down and the team lost 6-2, giving their amazing silver medal.
Dominic Roper, who has been playing for two years was only one goal away from being named highest goal scorer of the tournament.
The title was won by a Linkopings player that has been playing for more than 20 years.
Goalball is a paralympic sport for the blind and visually impaired. All players are under blindfold.
The aim is to score a goal whilst the opposite team track the bell and defend with their bodies.
• Players train at Neale Wade Sports Academy every other Saturday. Contact Fen Tigers Goalball FB page and @fentigersgball Twitter.
• Fen Tigers are in Tesco’s March for the blue token carrier bag fund.
• All international athletes must be legally blind, with less than 10 per cent vision.
• Teams have six players, with three playing at a time.
• A goalball court has goals at each end. String is taped on the court allowing players to feel the lines and orientate themselves.
• It made its Paralympic debut in Canada in 1976,