On February 28th, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) partnered with Northwest Regional ESD, the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund and Baker Prairie Middle School to host the Oregon Youth Goalball State Championship Tournament at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, OR.
Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become one of the premiere team sports for people who are blind and visually impaired. Played competitively by men and women, it is a very fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and overall an exciting game to watch.
Teams traveled from across Oregon and Southwest Washington to compete for the coveted Champion’s Cup. The competition was heated throughout the day, but in the end, the team from WSSB took home the 2014 championship title.
Each team practiced for months leading up to the Tournament. These types of events provide students the opportunity to have fun, build confidence, increase overall physical fitness and strive towards a goal. We would like to thank all of the participants, coaches, and volunteers for helping to make this amazing event possible for our athletes.