USA Women’s Goalball Comes Out on Top As Home Team in International Tournament

April 5th, 2019

USA Women’s Goalball Comes Out on Top As Home Team in International Tournament

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (April 5, 2019) —  USA Women’s Goalball landed in first and third place in this week’s international goalball tournament hosted at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, IN. Five international teams representing Australia, Great Britain, Israel, and the United States competed April 1-3, 2019 in the inaugural War on the Floor tournament.

USA (Red) competed against Israel to snag the championship title while USA (blue) placed third after overcoming Australia in the Bronze Medal match. Great Britain rounded out the fifth spot of the tournament.

“Competing against high-level international teams in the same venue that will be hosting a Paralympic Qualifier was a huge opportunity,” said Jake Czechowski, USA Women’s Goalball Head Coach. “We were able to give some of our newer players the chance to get a lot of playing time this week and they really stepped up to that challenge. Their performance in combination with outstanding play from our veteran athletes proved to be a winning combination.”

All four countries represented in this week’s tournament will return to Fort Wayne this summer for the 2019 IBSA Goalball & Judo International Qualifier with their sights set on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The teams’ practice and competition at Turnstone is an important part of preparing to come out strong when qualifying competition begins on July 2, 2019.

For more information about how individuals can get involved with this summer’s international event in Fort Wayne, please visit www.ibsafortwayne2019.org for event details and information about volunteer opportunities.

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ABOUT TURNSTONE:  Founded in 1943, Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Thanks to generous support and compassionate staff, Turnstone’s legacy of advocacy and innovation continues to contribute to a world that accepts and values people based on their abilities. www.turnstone.org | Twitter: @TurnstoneCenter | Facebook: Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities  | Instagram: @TurnstoneCenter

ABOUT UNITED STATES ASSOCIATION OF BLIND ATHLETES (USABA): Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. In addition to providing grassroots and development opportunities in multiple sports, USABA serves as the high-performance management organization for the Paralympic sport of goalball in the U.S. Through a partnership with Turnstone Center, USABA established the first-ever long-term goalball resident program in the country where members of U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball National Teams train full-time. USABA’s mission: to empower Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation, and physical activity, thereby educating and inspiring the nation. www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes


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