Dee Kimmince and the Queensland Fire team recently took part in a match of goalball with some of the state’s top players with vision impairment. They visited the YMCA Bowen Hills court to witness the elite athletes in action, learn some drills, then try it all for themselves.
The sixteen Fire cricketers were blindfolded and had to communicate with their teammates through listening, speaking, tapping and finding other ways to indicate where they were on the court.
The placement was an initiative of Dee Kimmince, a Queensland Fire player, who is currently completing an Australian Cricketers’ Association Beyond the Boundary placement, supported by Infront Sports. Her placement is with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association and she has been working with elite athletes on fitness and skills training. Dee has been guided by Sports Development Coordinator Ben MacFie, who is also a national representative goalball player. She thought getting the Queensland Fire team involved would be a great team building exercise and an opportunity for players to challenge their physical awareness and skills.
“We can take a lot out of goalball as a team. The simple things like trust, communication and encouragement are three important qualities needed to be a successful team’, said Dee.