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GOALBALL GAMES: Chorleywood teacher to manage international blind sports event

 Published on: 13th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former Chorleywood teacher who has become synonymous with a sport designed for the visually impaired is set to manage at an international event this summer.

Eighty-year-old Dina Murdie, who taught PE at Chorleywood College for 20 years before retiring before the turn of the century, has been appointed as a competition manager for goalball at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games, which is taking place in Birmingham this August.

Goalball was created especially for blind and partially sighted athletes. The team game sees players attempt to score goals by firing a ball across the court and defending shots from the opposing team using their bodies.

Dina, who has 35 years of experience coaching and officiating within the sport, will be overseeing the running of the competition as athletes from 16 countries compete to earn a place in next year’s Paralympic Games.

She said: “Having the ISBA World Games on home soil will be super, and I hope it is a landmark moment where we can grow the sport further.

“I hope it will lead to a greater understanding from the wider public of what blind and partially sighted people can do.

“I remember teaching a blind 10-year-old child for the first time, and when I asked her to run towards me, she told me she had never run before. When you think of that same person then going on to train to compete in a Paralympic sport – it reminds you that sport can be a powerful journey in helping to transform lives.”

Mark Winder, CEO at Goalball UK, added: “Dina is probably the longest-standing and most well-known person in goalball, both in the UK and internationally. Goalball wouldn’t be the sport it is today without Dina and we’re incredibly grateful that she is involved.”

Photo credit: Goalball UK

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