Penticton Goalball Paralympic Athlete in London


Penticton resident Ashlie Andrews will be getting the opportunity of a lifetime this year as she heads off to London to participate in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Andrews will be playing on the Canadian Woman's Goalball team, a group that has won medals in the 2000 Olympics as well as in 2004 in Athens.

"Goalball is a Paralympic sport for blind and visually impaired athletes. We all wear blacked out eye shades to even out the playing field. It's on a volleyball sized court and the net is nine meters wide. We throw a ball that has bells in it so we can hear it in a fast bowling style motion"

Andrews, who was born legally blind, began playing Goalball when she was just 13 years old and went on to compete at the elite level in 2007 at the age of 14.

This will be the 19 year old's second international tournament, in 2011 she was a part of the Senior National Team where they took home the bronze at the Guadalajara Parapan American Games.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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