Australia women's national goalball team
Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment. Australia commenced its involvement in the sport in 1980. Its women's team has completed in trans-Tasman competitions, the IBSA World Goalball Championships, and the Paralympic Games.
About 2015, the women's squad adopted the name 'Aussie Belles', whilst the men's squad became 'Aussie Storm'.
- 1 Training
- 2 Paralympic Games competition
- 3 World championships competitions
- 4 Goal scoring by competition
- 5 Competitive history
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 External links
In 1998 and 1999, the University of Western Sydney's Macarthur Department of Sport Studies was active in helping the team develop and implement a training program. This training was implemented around Geoff Pearce and Oatsy Tremayne's book Psychological and Physical Training Programs of Goalballers.
Paralympic Games competition
The women's Australian team did not have as much experience as other teams in the 1996 Paralympics. European teams had competed against each other in the lead up to the games. This gave them an advantage as they knew their opponents strengths and weaknesses. The Australian women had several injuries during the Paralympics. Sarah Kennedy injured herself in training, which limited her mobility. Australia lost all but one match in 1996. They lost to Spain 0–1, to Sweden 0–4, to Denmark 1–5, to Germany 0–2 and to the USA 0–3. Australia's sole victory came against Korea, where they won 2–0. Australia finished as the last team in the competition based on goals for and against as they had a record of 3–16. The 0–1 loss to Finland was considered impressive by goalball followers because Finland won a silver medal.
Paralympian athletes: Penny Bennett, Kerrie-ann King, Jo Ruba, Robyn Stephens.
Officials: Terry Kenaghan (head coach).
Australia did not qualify.
Australia did not qualify.
Paralympian athletes: Jennifer Blow, Meica Christensen (Captain), Tyan Taylor, Nicole Esdaile, Rachel Henderson, Michelle Rzepecki.
Officials: Peter Corr (section manager), Georgina Kenaghan (coach), Eliza Kwan (physiotherapist). 
The team went into the Games ranked eighth in the world and was the first Australian goalball team to qualify for the Paralympic sport since Atlanta in 1996. It competed in Group B against China, United States, Sweden, Japan and Canada. The Australian men's team did not qualify after losing the Africa Oceania Goalball Regional Championships 5–4 against Algeria.
- Group play
|Qualified for the quarterfinals|
|31 August 2012
|Australia||1 – 3||Japan||Copper Box, London|
Referees: Hooshang Shariati (IRI), Yasser Omar (EGY)
|Esdaile 1||Report||Adacho 2|
|2 September 2012
|Australia||1 – 3||Canada||Copper Box, London|
Referees: Juha Vuokila (FIN), Dina Murdie (GBR)
|Christensen 1||Report||Kneebone 2|
|3 September 2012
|United States||3 – 0||Australia||Copper Box, London|
Referees: Thomas Baerz (GER), Bulent Kimyon (TUR)
|4 September 2012
|Sweden||8 – 5||Australia||Copper Box, London|
Referees: Hooshang Shariati (IRI), Janne Ahokas (FIN)
Australian women's team originally failed to qualify after finishing third at the IBSA Goalball Asia Pacific Championships in Hangzhou, China. Australian men's team failed to qualify after finishing fifth at the IBSA Goalball Asia Pacific Championships in Hangzhou, China. Following the re-allocation of Russia's spot, Australia's women found themselves getting a last minute invite to Rio. Australia's women enter the tournament ranked ninth in the world.
|8 September 2016
|Australia||2–5||China||Future Arena, Rio de Janeiro|
Referees: Vilma Basinkaite (LTU), Yoshinori Nii (JPN)
|Report||Zhang W. 4 |
|10 September 2016
|Ukraine||2–2||Australia||Future Arena, Rio de Janeiro|
Referees: Bülent Kimyon (TUR), Daniel Voltan (BRA)
|Rud 2||Report||Horsburgh 1 |
|11 September 2016
|Australia||2–12||Turkey||Future Arena, Rio de Janeiro|
Referees: Joelle Boulet (CAN), Raili Sipura (FIN)
|Horsburgh 2||Report||Özcan 5 |
|13 September 2016
|Canada||6–0||Australia||Future Arena, Rio de Janeiro|
Referees: Daniel Voltan (BRA), Raili Sipura (FIN)
World championships competitions
The 1986 IBSA World Goalball Championships were held in Roermond, the Netherlands. The team was one of ten teams participating, and they finished eighth overall. The 1998 World Championships were held in Madrid, Spain. The team was one of eleven teams participating, and they finished tenth overall.
The Australian women's national goalball team had a top eight finish at the 2010 World Championships in Sheffield, England. The national team had not played in an international competition for two years starting around 2008 until the 2010 Championships.
Athletes for the event are: Jennifer Blow, Meica Christensen, Nikita Grosser (South Australia), Alison Jones (Queensland), Michelle Rzepecki, and Brodie Smith (New South Wales). Head coach is Peter Corr (Victoria), assistant coach and manager Simon Smith (New South Wales), and sports masseuse Kerri Caruso.
Goal scoring by competition
|Ness Murby||7||2007 IBSA World Championships and Games|||
|Meica Christensen||4||2007 IBSA World Championships and Games|||
|Erin Conyard||1||2007 IBSA World Championships and Games|||
At the 2017 IBSA Goalball Asia-Pacific Regional Championships, held in Thailand, 21-26 August 2017, the Belles returned to Australia with the bronze medal.
The table below contains individual game results for the team in international matches and competitions.
|2007||IBSA World Championships and Games||Ukraine||31 July||Brazil||1||4||Australia|||
|2007||IBSA World Championships and Games||Brazil||1 August||Brazil||8||0||Brazil|||
|2007||IBSA World Championships and Games||Spain||2 August||Brazil||5||1||Spain|||
|2007||IBSA World Championships and Games||Japan||3 August||Brazil||4||1||Japan|||
|2007||IBSA World Championships and Games||South Korea||4 August||Brazil||9||3||Australia|||
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- Australian Paralympic Federation 1996, p. 32.
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