Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.

The ‘father’ of Australian goalball got to coach at a home Games

Australian women’s goalball team coach Terry Kenaghan discusses tactics with his team during a game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. At the 1980 Paralympic Games, Kenaghan was the Blind Team Manager and Deputy Overall Leader of the Australian team. When he found out that goalball was being played in Arnhem, he registered an Australian team. After the Games, Kenaghan distributed rules and information throughout Australia. The following year the Australian Blind Sports Championships included Goalball as an event, and teams from NSW, WA Victoria and Queensland competed. Kenaghan continued to play a leading role in the sport and was coach of the women’s team in Sydney. His daughter Georgina Kenaghan coached the team at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Warren Lawton saves a penalty

Warren Lawton dives to save a penalty throw during goalball at the Sydney summer Paralympics. Penalty throws in goalball are defended by a single player, who – with no vision – has to cover the entire 9m of the goal against a ball thrown at speeds of more than 70kmh. Lawton was NAIDOC sportsperson of the year in 2001.

Robyn Stephens concentrates on her shot

Robyn Stephens throws during the women’s Goalball tournament at the Sydney summer Paralympics. The Australian women’s team finished 8th in the tournament.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani throws during a goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. Male goalballers can throw the large, heavy ball at more than 60kmh across the 18m of the court to the three players on the opposition team, who use sound to detect the ball and their bodies to stop it from crossing the goal line. The Australian men’s goalball team finished ninth of 12 teams at the 2000 Games.

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The 1996 summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics for the Australian women’s goalball team, which struggled against much more experienced opponents and finished last. The team’s inexperience was compounded by injuries to key players. Robyn Stephens throws, with Sarah Kennedy in the background.

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

Australian goalballer Kevin Frew (left) saves a shot at the 1996 Paralympic Games, with Gerrard Gosens in the foreground. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish in 1996. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by its star player, Rob Crestani.

There was less noise at the goalball

Spectators are required to be silent during play in goalball matches so that the players can hear the noise of the ball and the audible cues from their opponents. The Australian men’s goalball team produced its best ever finish at the 1996 Paralympic Games. The team made it to the medal round, losing the bronze medal play-off to Spain 2-6 and so finishing fourth. The team was extensively prepared and was led by Rob Crestani. Left to right: Heather Gosens (assistant coach/manager), Sam Theodore (coach), Brett Scarr, Warren Lawton, Gerrard Gosens, Colin George, Kevin Frew, Rob Crestani.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Results of Australian men’s and women’s goalball teams at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Australian Men’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Australian Women’s Goalball Team Wikipedia¬†page includes medal tallies and team lists.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Jo Ruba makes a save

Australian goalball team member Jo Ruba dives to save the ball during a game at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. A goalball weighs 1.2kg and can be rolled at speeds over 60kmh, so courage is required by the unsighted players to save shots. When the opposition is attacking, the three players on court position themselves to try to cover the entire area of the goal. The women’s team, represented by just four athletes, finished 8th of the 8 teams in the competition.