POSTED: Friday December 2nd 2011

First Paralympic test event brings Goalball to Olympic Park

-      First Paralympic test event, Goalball, takes place this weekend

-      Five women’s team to compete in the London International Goalball Tournament

-      4000 local residents and schools to attend

The first Paralympic test event, the London International Goalball Tournament, starts this weekend, welcoming teams from around the world to the compete in front of local crowds in the Olympic Park.
Goalball, one of the Paralympic events with tickets still available for next year, will be played competitively for the first time on 3 and 4 December at the London International Goalball Tournament, the first Paralympic test event in the London Prepares series.
Five women’s teams from China, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and USA will battle it out in the Handball Arena, the Goalball venue during the Paralympics. 4000 tickets over the two days of competition have been given out by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to local residents, schools, colleges and to Goalball supporters through Goalball UK, the National Governing Body.
Goalball is a 3-a-side team sport played by visually impaired athletes using a ball with bells inside. Deemed one of the most exciting Paralympic sports, play is conducted in silence with just the sound of the bells used to judge movement of the ball.  LOCOG will use the event to test key operations including technology and timing, workforce and the transition of the Handball Arena from Handball to Goalball competitions.
Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said: “It will be fantastic to see competitive Paralympic sport happening for the first time in the Olympic Park and we are delighted to welcome Goalball teams from around the world. We are sure this will not only be a highly competitive tournament, it is also vital for us to test our operations, technology and field of play. We have purposely run the Goalball test event a week after the Handball test event in order to test the transition of the venue, replicating the same transition as at Games time.”
Coinciding with the first Paralympic test event and the second tranche of tickets for the Paralympic Games going on sale this afternoon, the Olympic Lottery Distributor also today confirmed their grant of £66m to LOCOG, as part of the overall Public Sector Funding package. As part of the public funds already agreed in the bid commitment, this money will contribute towards costs which include transitioning the venues and for timing, scoring and results for Paralympic sports. 
For more information about the London International Goalball Tournament visit
Remaining tickets for the London 2012 Paralympic Games will go on sale on a first come, first served basis at 1pm on Friday 2 December 2011 at
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Olympic Lottery Distributor
The Olympic Lottery Distributor is an independent body set up by Parliament and uses money raised by the National Lottery to fund the delivery of the infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and their legacy. More information about the Olympic Lottery Distributor can be found at
For further information about OLD funding contact Morag Wood at OLD on 07976 081 044.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters - Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers - Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock.

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