March, 2020

Surrey to host 2019 Goalball Grand Slam

Tournament hosts athletes from around the world who are blind or visually impaired

 SURREY, BC – Vancouver Goalball Club and the City of Surrey invite members of the media to the 2019

Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam presented by YVR, and Try-it series at Guildford Recreation Centre.

 Goalball is a Paralympic team sport designed for athletes who are blind or visually impaired. Using their hands

only, the goal is for players to throw the ball into the opposing team’s net across a volleyball-sized court. 

Players track the ball, which has bells inside it, by listening for the sound. This year’s Goalball Grand Slam

will host mens and womens athletes from the USA, Canada and Israel who

are preparing for the Paralympic qualifiers.

 In addition to the tournament, a Goalball Try-It series is being offered for those who would like to try this

challenging sport. Players will be given eyeshades and are encouraged to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants.  

 While the event takes place all weekend, we have identified the most opportune times for media below.


What:                   2019 Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam and Try-it series


Date:                     Saturday, March 9, 2019


Time:                    1:00pm                 Goalball Try-it series

                                                               Led by Matt Morrow


                                1:30pm                 B-roll and photo opportunity

                                                               Vancouver Goalball Club vs. USA2 team


Who:                     Ahmad Zeividavi from the Canadian National Team: 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympic

Games, World Championships, Pan-Am Games, and more


Amy Burk from the Canadian National Team: Gold Medalist 2017 IBSA Para Pan Ams.

Gold Medalist 2011 IBSA World Games, Gold Medalist 2006 World Championship, and more


Doug Ripley from the Canadian National Team: World Championships, Bronze Medalist 2011

World Games, Gold Medalist 2013 Pan Am Games, Paralympic Games, and more


Location:             Guildford Recreation Centre

                                15105 – 105 Avenue

                               Surrey, BC V3R 7G8


For more information, visit


For the tournament schedule, visit


Follow the tournament on Facebook and Twitter using #VanGoalballGrandSlam

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