Meica Christensen

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Meica Christensen
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Christensen
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 25)
Wynnum North, Queensland
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Goalball

Meica Christensen (born 24 February 1989) is an Australian goalball player. She began playing the sport in 2004, the same year she made her national team debut. After the national team took a three-year break, she was named the captain in 2010 and played in the Goalball World Championships. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in goalball, where she will captain the side.

Personal[edit]

Christensen was born in Wynnum North, Queensland, on 24 February 1989.[1][1][2][3][4] She has a visual disability,[5] with partial sight.[6] She attended Cavendish Road State High School,[6][7] and played in a goalball demonstration game there in 2004.[6] Other sports she participates in include skiing.[1] In 2005, she lived in Birkdale, Queensland,[6] but was living in Wellington Point again by 2011.[1] In 2011, she worked at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital as an administrator.[1][2]

As of 2012, her fiancée is Jon Horsburgh, a member of the Australia men's national goalball team that failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[2][8] The couple planned to marry in June 2013.[2]

Goalball[edit]

Christensen is a goalball player,[1] and is classified as a B3 competitor.[1] She started playing the sport in 2004, when she was 15 years old.[1][9] In 2005, she played in the New Zealand Goalball Nationals for the Queensland women's goalball team.[6]

Christensen made her national team debut in 2004, the same year she started playing the sport, when she played in a game against Sweden women's national goalball team in Malmo, Sweden,[6][7][9][10][11] as part of a ten team Malmo Women's International Cup that included seven teams that had qualified for the 2004 Summer Paralympics.[10] She was coached in the competition by Robyn Stephens.[10] In late 2004, she had a goal of making the Paralympic team for the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[6] but the Australian team did not qualify.[12][13] She was named the national team captain in 2010.[2][9] In her role as captain, she plays the song "The Final Countdown" before competitions.[1] Going into the 2010 Goalball World Championships with the national team not having played a match in three years, her team finished eighth.[1][14] She was the national team captain again in 2011,[1][9][15] and was with the team during the 2011 IBSA Africa Oceania Goalball Regional Champions, which served as the Paralympic qualifying tournament.[9][16] In her first game against New Zealand, her team won 11-4 after leading 7-1 at the half. She scored seven goals in the team's victory.[17][18] She also played in the final match against New Zealand women's national goalball team.[8][9][16] Australia won the game against New Zealand by a score of 6-2,[15][19][20][21] Christensen scored three goals,[8] the second one from a penalty shot.[19] She finished the competition as the fifth highest scorer,[1] and her team finished sixth overall.[1][12][22]

Christensen was named to the Aussie Belles team going to the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[3][4][5][12] She was the team's longest serving member going into the Games,[11] and the team's captain.[5][9][12] That the team qualified for the Games came as a surprise, as the Australian Paralympic Committee had been working on player development with an idea of the team qualifying for the 2016 Summer Paralympics,[12] and an Australian team had not participated since the 2000 Summer Paralympics, when they earned an automatic selection as hosts, and the team finished last in the competition.[12][13] The country has not medalled in the event since 1976.[23] Going into the Paralympics, her team was ranked eighth in the world.[3] In the 2012 Summer Paralympics tournament, the Belles played games against Japan, Canada, the United States and Sweden. They lost every game, and did not advance to the finals.[24] She scored three goals.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Meica Christensen". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Uhlmann, Lyn (27 February 2012). "Goalballer hopes high for London". Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Tilley, Andrew (22 May 2012). "News". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Mark hits target for London". Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "AAP News: OLY:Australian goalballers London bound". Australia: AAP News. 8 May 2012. WAAP97280181. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Facing world at nationals". Wynnum Herald (Brisbane, Australia). 14 September 2005. p. 77. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Kim shows passion for chosen sport". South East Advertiser (Brisbane, Australia). 27 October 2004. p. 91. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "PARALYMPICS". The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia). 18 November 2011. p. 76. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Aus goalballers play for London 2012 spots". Nine MSN. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Gault, Ian (26 May 2004). "International cup". South East Advertiser (Brisbane, Australia). p. 86. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Australia names Paralympic goalball team". =Australian Paralympic Committee. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Fife, Janet (14 June 2012). "Pride of Australia nominee Georgina Kenaghan is giving her team that ring of confidence". Sydney, Australia: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Australian London 2012 athletes receive extra funding | London 2012 Paralympic news". insideworldparasport.biz. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Sword, Stephanie. "Mt Kuring-gai goalball player Tyan Taylor taking on the world". Hornsby & Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Bittersweet victory for Aussie goalballers". Nine MSN. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "AAP News: SPO:Aus goalballers play for London 2012 spots". Australia: AAP News. 16 November 2011. WAAP92597477. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Australian women win opening goalball game". =Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "News". International Blind Sports Federation. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Bittersweet day for Australian goalball". Australian Paralympic Committee. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  20. ^ FitzGerald, Deborah (24 November 2011). "London here we come". Inner West Courier. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  21. ^ FitzGerald, Deborah (24 November 2011). "London here we come — AUSSIE WOMEN BOOK SPOT AT PARALYMPICS". Inner West Courier — Inner West Edition (Sydney, Australia). p. 31. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Fife-Yeomans, Janet (14 June 2012). "Giving team that ring of confidence - - PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA". Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia). p. 12. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Meica, Nicole pack their bags for London". Sporting Wheelies. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Women's Goalball". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Match Results - Match No. 29 - AUS vs CAN". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "Match Results - Match No. 46 - SWE vs AUS". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 16 September 2012.