Great Britain Make Winning Start to Goalball Championships

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Great Britain’s Goalball team got off to the perfect start in their European C Championship campaign this afternoon, beating Azerbaijan 14-4 at the University of Worcester Sports Centre.

 The tournament, which will see the top three teams promoted to Europe’s B level and keep their dreams of qualifying for Rio de Janeiro 2016 alive, will take place over the next four days at the University’s St John’s campus.

The host nation got proceedings underway today, and produced a convincing display to trigger the sport’s ‘mercy’ rule – ending the game by pulling ten goals clear of their opponents – midway through the second half.

Adam Knott, who starred in Great Britain’s excellent display, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start really. We’ve had some great preparation, got everyone in the right mindset and full of confidence and that showed in our opening performance.”

Great Britain’s next match is at 6pm this evening against Italy, and they will take on Russia, Bulgaria and the Netherlands tomorrow.

Knott continued: “It’s a cliché, but we will take it one game at a time. We’ve got off to a great start and we’ll look to rest up and prepare right for the Italy game, because we’ve got a long four days ahead of us.”

The British team have spent the last three days in Worcester, and Knott says the squad are delighted with the facilities.

“We feel right at home here already,” he added. “We’re staying in the halls, so we’ve got a little village feel going on, similar to what we had at the Paralympics last year.

“The facilities here are really good too, the sports centre is excellent and hopefully it will inspire us to maintain this level of performance.”