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Winchester Rotary raises £4,000 to support UK Paralympic sport
5:42pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
Winchester Rotary has raised more than £4,000 to support the future of a Paralympic sport in the UK.
The club staged a charity raffle to help Goalball UK, whose men’s and women’s teams competed at the 2012 Paralympics.
Mayor of Winchester, Frank Pearson, hosted the raffle at Abbey House on Friday, September 14, alongside Adam Knott, 17, who was part of the GB team with his younger brother, David, 15.
Goalball is a team game for blind and partially-sighted people played, on an indoor court where players attempt to roll a football-sized ball with a bell in it into their opponent’s goal.
The Knott brothers, of Chandler’s Ford, both have ocular albinism, which means they have just 10 per cent vision.
But both GB goalball teams fell short at the Paralympics, with the women knocked out in the quarter-finals and the men finishing bottom in the group stage.
The money will be used to help more people take part in the sport by improving local provision.