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Young goalball hopeful aims for gold in 2012

David and Charlie interview Adam at Trafalgar Square
Adam fields questions from his brother David and Charlie from Thornden School

With less than a year to go until the start of the 2012 Paralympics, the great and the good of Paralympic sport gathered in the heart of London to help raise public awareness of the elite level of disability sport.

International Paralympic Day took place in Trafalgar Square on 9 September, the day before tickets went on sale for the 2012 Paralympic Games, with stars like Ellie Simmonds, Oscar Pistorius and David Weir all on hand to promote their sports.

School Reporters David and Charlie from Thornden School in Hampshire joined the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and London 2012 chief Lord Coe in attending the event.

The School Reporters threw themselves into their reporting, lining up interview after the interview - including a special one with a close journalistic contact of David's: his brother Adam, 17, who is a member of the Team GB goalball squad!

Here is their interview with Adam:

Q: How did you get into goalball?

A: My dad saw a story on the BBC News about doing Paralympic days where you could just try-out sports so I signed up for one of these days. I tried out judo, goalball and football.

For goalball the GB men's coach was there and he asked me to join them for a training session so about six months later I got a phone call inviting me to join.

Q: What has been your biggest highlight so far?

A: One of them was when we went to Colorado Springs in July and that was our first win as a GB team - we beat the USA 4-3, and then in our next game we went on to beat Canada 7-3 so that was a big highlight for me.

But I also went to Denmark for the European Championships just after I started and then we've got the Euros again next week - so hopefully that will be another highlight!

Great Britain goalball team members Simon, Georgie and Adam
Great Britain goalball team members Simon, Georgie and Adam

Q: You're a well-established part of the goalball squad now, so what are your hopes for 2012?

A: Firstly, just to be there! It would be an absolute dream. And then if we do our best and try as hard as we can and keep training then anything can happen - hopefully get a medal and of course the dream would be a gold.

Q: And how do you feel with one year to go?

A: I start college in two weeks and then I really up my training, probably to three hours a day, doing a lot of gym work, cardio work and technical work too. As we get closer over the next year we'll do a lot more team training as well, so it's really exciting.

Q: Other than goalball, what Paralympic sports do you enjoy and what are you hoping to watch in London?

A: Over the past six months I've been going to Bath for some training camps and I've met a lot of the other athletes there. People I've become particularly good friends with are the sitting volleyball team so it would be nice to see them play and cheer them on, and hopefully they do well.

Q: Finally, are the GB team going to be ready for 2012?

A: We're always ready!



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