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Palmer Athlete to Head to World Goalball Championships

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A young woman from Palmer is a step closer to her 2024 Paris paralympic dreams after qualifying for the World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal this December.

Nikita Grosser’s Australian Goalball team won silver at the Asia Pacific Regional Championships in Bahrain in July.

The win is the first time Australia has qualified based on a medal as previously the team has done so through ratio spots.

The 23-year-old said her ultimate dream is to get to the Paris Paralympics in 2024.

"We have come away from this experience with a better understanding on what we need to work on as a team and individually to better our chances at the World Championships this year where the competition will be even stronger again as all countries that qualify battle it out for a chance to qualify for Paris 2024," Nikita Grosser said.

As the sport is not sponsored, all athletes have to fund themselves to represent Australia. Nikita has a fundraising page via this gofundme.com link.

Goalball is a sport for visually impaired people that is played on a volley ball sized court, it has a tactile court outlined on it with three players on each team on court at a time. Players under arm throw the ball to the other side an objective of getting the ball into the goal defended by the other team.

Photo of Australian Goalball team,  supplied by Nikita Grosser