29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 14: Goalball

The Goalball 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Wren.

As ever, we put our three searching questions to the coin designer…read on to find out what he had to say!

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

I haven’t but my wife received my 50 pence design as change for a coffee last December which was a fantastic surprise. Between us we have come across 9 other different designs.

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

Sadly not but it would be great to hear their thoughts on it!

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Obviously all of London 2012 from the build up to the closing paralympics ceremony and enjoying the event with the family. I was lucky to get some tickets to one of the sessions of Goalball and paralympics athletics in the ballot although unfortunately no joy with Olympic tickets. I’m also looking forward to the football Euros and of course spotting more of the coins in circulation.

About Goalball

What is Goalball I hear you ask…well, here’s a description from the Goallball UK website:

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players with a maximum of three substitutions on each team.  It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes,  and sighted players can also play domestically.  It has three main distinguishing features:-

  1. All players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded
  2. Goalball is played on an indoor court that is 18m long and 9m wide.  The court has tactile markings (string that is taped to the floor), which helps players determine where they are
  3. The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area.  They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.

Find out more about Goalball

Visit the Goallball UK website

You can follow Goalball UK on Twitter

Like Goalball UK on Facebook

Get the coin to keep!

If you want the keep and collect collector’s pack, you can buy the Goalball 50p on the Royal Mint website

If you’re ready to start the hunt for the coin in your change…you can join other London 2012 50p collectors on Facebook and Twitter!