Leeds goalball stars get on their bikes in new challenge

Goalball player Louise Simpson from Leeds is tackling a charity bike ride to raise money to help others play the sport.
Goalball player Louise Simpson from Leeds is tackling a charity bike ride to raise money to help others play the sport.
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Visually-impaired goalball players from Leeds will cycle 170 miles to raise money for their clubs.

Goalball UK hopes to raise £5,000 to help fund existing clubs and set up new ones to meet increasing demand.

The sport is the only Paralympic team sport designed for visually impaired people and involves bowling a ball along the floor to cross a goal line, with players wearing eyeshades so they are totally blind. The ball contains bells to help locate it. Paralympic star Louise Simpson from Leeds, Dean Wilcox from Knottingley and Women’s GB squad member Brittany Stead from Cleckheaton will join the team as they set off from Morecombe on August 3. Each player will ride tandem with a fully-sighted team mate.

Brittany said: “We’re training hard and, despite the nerves, are very excited!”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/GoalballUK-c2c.

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