Success resident to compete in goalball Paralympic Games qualifier

Ben Rowe (far right) with his Australian teammates.
Ben Rowe (far right) with his Australian teammates.

SUCCESS resident Ben Rowe is just a few steps away from representing Australia the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Rowe, who is vision impaired, will join the Australian Goalball team in China next week where they will play against the best in the world in the penultimate competition for Paralympic Games qualification.

The winners will then head to the regional qualifier in Tokyo at the end of the year, the final qualifier for the Games.

Rowe has been playing Goalball for 10 years and said it was similar to many ball sports.

“The key is to prevent the other team from scoring a goal but the big difference is that all participants are blindfolded and all they can hear are bells inside the ball,” he said.

“The ball weighs 1.25 kilograms, making this sport one of power, strength, guts and determination.

“It’s helped me accept that my disability is only a small part of my life and doesn’t define who I am.”

He said he was excited at the prospect of playing on the big stage.

When he’s not busy playing goalball, Rowe works with APM in Success where he helps people with disability access the NDIS.