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Georgina Kenaghan

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Georgina Kenaghan
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Kenaghan
Personal information
NationalityAustralia
Born1984 (age 34–35)
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportGoalball
Now coachingAustralia women's national goalball team

Georgina Kenaghan (born 1984) is an Australian goalball coach. She won the 2012 NSW/ACT Inspiration Medal in the Pride of Australia Awards. As the coach of the Australia women's national goalball team, she led the team at the 2010 World Championships in Great Britain, the first time the national team had competed internationally in three years. She coached the team at the 2011 IBSA Goalball Continental Championships and Paralympic Qualifier, and was the national team coach for Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where the team did not win a single game.

Personal[edit]

Kenaghan took leave from her job to prepare for the 2012 Paralympics[1][2] when she was 28 years old.[3][4] Her father is Terry Kenaghan, the man who helped bring goalball to Australia in 1980.[1][2] In 2012, Peter Corr nominated her for an Inspiration Medal in the Pride of Australia Awards.[2] She won the NSW/ACT Award. Her father accepted the award on her behalf as she was in London at the time, coaching the national team.[5][6][7]

Goalball[edit]

Kenaghan coaches the Australia women's national goalball team.[2][8] The Daily Telegraph called her "one of Australia's most successful sports coaches".[2]

She coached the team at the 2010 World Championships in Great Britain,[9][10] the first time the national team had played in three years.[9] In 2011, she represented goalball as part of a "Come & Try Day" sporting event in Western Australia.[11] She used the 2011 Australian National Goalball competition as an opportunity to evaluate national team players.[12] In 2011, she coached the Australian side at the IBSA Goalball Continental Championships and Paralympic Qualifier[13] and guided the team to a 6-2 win over the New Zealand women's national goalball team to secure Paralympic qualification.[14][15] She coached the team in their win against Israel that was part of the competition.[16]

Kenaghan was the head coach of the Aussie Belles going to the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[1][8][17] The team qualifying for the Games was 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.[1][8] 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.[1][18] The country has not medalled in the event since 1976.[19] Players she coached on the national team included Meica Christensen.[20] Her team lost all three games and did not advance out of the group stage.[21] In the team's game against Canada, she substituted players in order to improve the team's chance of winning.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Fife, Janet (14 June 2012). "Pride of Australia nominee Georgina Kenaghan is giving her team that ring of confidence". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fife-Yeomans, Janet (14 June 2012). "Giving team that ring of confidence--Pride of Australia". Daily Telegraph. p. 12. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. ^ Malcolm Brown. "Goalballers keep their ears to the ground in quest for Paralympic gold". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  4. ^ Fife, Janet (2012-06-14). "Pride of Australia nominee Georgina Kenaghan is giving her team that ring of confidence". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  5. ^ "Goalball Coach wins Pride of Australia Medal". Australian Paralympic Team. 2012-08-28. Archived from the original on 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  6. ^ Beesley, Martin. "Courage that inspires". Southern Courier. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  7. ^ "NSW Pride of Australia winners | NSW Pride of Australia winners". Daily Telegraph. 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  8. ^ a b c "Australian goalballers London bound". Australia: AAP News. 8 May 2012. WAAP97280181. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b Sword, Stephanie. "Mt Kuring-gai goalball player Tyan Taylor taking on the world". Hornsby & Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Australia goalball team to compete in Paralympics for the first time in a decade | Goalball News". insideworldparasport.biz. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Goalball". Annual Review 2011. Western Australia: Association for the Blind of WA – Guide Dogs WA. 2011. p. 23. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Goalball nationals: showdown of nation's finest". Australia Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  13. ^ "News". International Blind Sports Federation. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Bittersweet victory for Aussie goalballers". Nine MSN. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Bittersweet Victory For Aussie Goalballers". Toowoomba News. 17 November 2011. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Australian goalballers march on". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Aussie women's goalball team heading to first Games since 2000". Daily Telegraph. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Australian London 2012 athletes receive extra funding | London 2012 Paralympic news". insideworldparasport.biz. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Meica, Nicole pack their bags for London". Sporting Wheelies. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Goalballer Meica wins place on Paralympic team". Bayside Bulletin. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Women's Goalball". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  22. ^ "Australia falls to Canada". Australian Paralympic Team. Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-16.