Raissa Martin

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Raissa Martin
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Personal information
Born (1991-03-03) 3 March 1991 (age 28)
Sport
Country Australia
SportGoalball
Disability classB3
Event(s)Women's team

Raissa Martin (born 3 March 1991) is an Australian goalball player who has been selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Martin was born on 3 March 1991 in Hervey Bay, Queensland.[2][3] She has been legally blind since birth with rod monochromatism.[3] She grew up in Hervey Bay but moved to Brisbane to attend Queensland Institute of Technology where she completed a Bachelor of Business. In 2015, she undertook a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. [3] Raissa works for Link Vision as a Computer Club Mentor.[3]

Goalball[edit]

Martin made her debut for Australia at the 2014 Japan Goalball Championships as part of the development squad.[2] She is classified as a B3 competitor. [2] In May 2015, she was a member of the Australian Women’s Goalball team which came fourth at the IBSA World Games in Seoul.[4] She was a member of the Australian team that finished third at the 2015 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Qualifying Tournament in Hangzhou, China. The Belles therefore failed to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics.[5] They were displaced to allow for an African team, Algeria as it turned out, to compete in goalball for the first time.[6] But following the re-allocation of Russia's spot, the Belles found themselves getting a last minute invite to Rio.They entered the tournament ranked ninth in the world.[7] They performed better this time, fighting Uzbekistan to a draw, but they needed a win or draw in their final game against Canada to progress to the quarter finals, but lost 6-0, ending their second Paralympic campaign.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Australian Paralympic Team receives nine extra spots". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Raissa Martin". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Our Community – Raissa Martin". Link Vision website. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Goalball - Results" (PDF). IBSA website. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Curtain draw on Rio 2016 as Australian Belles claim bronze". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 13 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b Spits, Scott (14 September 2016). "Rio Paralympics 2016: Silence please! Brazilian fans get their taste of goalball at the Paralympics". Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ McDonald, Margie (25 August 2016). "Rio Paralympics Paralympic team grows by nine after Russian ban upheld". The Australian. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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