Team GB take on goalball favourites

The Great Britain squad had a tough opening match at the start of the London 2012 Paralympic goalball competition.

The team faced Lithuania, who are the current favourites to take the gold medal at the Games, and eventually lost the match 11-1.

However, the young Team GB squad are hopeful that the rest of the tournament could produce more positive results.

“I think we have to go away from that result and be positive. We showed great strength as a team,” said David Knott, a 15 year old college student.

“It’s time to go back, recover, stretch and forget about it. We’ll come back tomorrow stronger. I haven’t been playing the sport that long, so to face Lithuania was a big ask but I’m going to keep positive.

“They are the world champions and we are not the world champions, so obviously they are very, very good opposition. But we will learn from our mistakes, we’ll learn from this game and come back tomorrow even stronger.”

The team can still qualify got the next stage of the competition but will need to put in a strong performance when they take on Turkey today (August 31st).

Goalball was initially introduced to the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1976 in Toronto and was became a full medal sport in 1980. Its origins date back to World War II where it was played by injured soldiers and is now viewed as one of the most popular sports on the Paralympic schedule.

All of the goalball matches are taking place at the Olympic Park’s Copper Box venue. After the Games, the stadium is set to become a multi-use sports centre for community use and professional use.

For those enjoying luxury accommodation in London there is still the chance to purchase tickets for some of the remaining Paralympic events including the closing ceremony on September 9th.

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