Two NSWIS athletes will form part of the six-player Aussie Belles squad confirmed to compete in the women’s goalball event at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Confirmed by Paralympics Australia on Friday, Tyan Taylor will compete at her third Paralympics after making her debut at London 2012, while Brodie Smith will make her Paralympic debut after successfully captaining the national U19s side to the 2017 world championship title.
Australian Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin was proud to see the Belles returning to another Paralympic Games.
“Goalball is a highly competitive sport played in a large number of countries,” said McLoughlin. “We didn’t qualify our men’s or women’s teams in 2004 and 2008, so what The Belles have achieved already by going to a third Games in a row is fantastic.”
“Their opportunity now is to go to the next level and take it up to some of the more fancied sides in Tokyo and I’m backing them to do just that.”
Paralympics Australia Chief Executive Lynne Anderson said The Belles deserved respect for their continued improvement in recent years.
“It’s not just the dedication of, particularly, the senior players, Meica, Jenny and Tyan, it’s everyone associated with the program who’ve put in years of hard work to build this Team into a genuine force,” Anderson said.
“They’ve shown that real progress can be made without an huge abundance of resources and despite all sorts of obstacles. I congratulate each of Team member on their selection and look forward to cheering them on when they play at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo in August.”