Mannum goalballer Nikita Grosser helps win first Australian gold medal.

Mannum goalball player Nikita Grosser recently helped win Australia’s maiden international gold medal at the International Blind Sports Federation Youth World Championships in Hungary. 

Goalball, a blind sport, is a combination of dodgeball and soccer, where three players on opposing sides use their bodies to defend the ball from entering the goals.

The 18-year-old was the only female player from South Australia to be selected in the Australian team.

GOLDEN GIRL: Mannum's Nikita Grosser throwing the ball back into play in Budapest. Photo: Supplied.

GOLDEN GIRL: Mannum's Nikita Grosser throwing the ball back into play in Budapest. Photo: Supplied.

The 2017 Championships were held over eight days in Budapest, and the first two days were training days to give each team time prepare for the tournament.

Progressing through their round matches, the Australian side was only bested by their Russian counterparts, finishing second in their pool. 

The side breezed through the finals, resulting in a grand final against Russia who had been undefeated throughout the whole tournament.

Grosser said it was a stressful game but her side managed to win 9-6.

“I was able to score the first goal of the game for our team and another during the second half, enabling me to play the full game,” she said.

“I hope to continue on representing Australia through a number of training camps and competitions around Australia and overseas.” 

Grosser also recently travelled to Canada to represent Australia as a youth player where she played against Canadian and American Women teams.

“We did lose all of our games, but it was a learning trip rather than a tournament we were going over to win.”

I hope to continue on representing Australia.

Nikita Grosser

Pool match results:

  • Game 1 - Australia 13 – Spain 3
  • Game 2 - Australia 2 – Russia 12
  • Game 3 - Australia 12 – Germany 5
  • Game 4 - Australia 7 – USA 4

Finals:

  • Quarter Final - Australia 11 – South Korea 2
  • Semi Final - Australia 11 – Brazil 6