IMAGINE being a goalkeeper, but not being able to see the ball.
That's what six Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School students will face when they head to the NSW Goalball 4 Schools Knockout Cup next week.
The team, comprised of year 4 students Julia Loecker, Charlie Downey, Mason Everett, Emerson Page, Georgie Wishart and Lara Horan, has been entered into the state final as a wildcard.
Goalball was developed as a sport for the visually impaired and is played at the Paralympics.
It is played with three players a side positioned on mats, using a ball with bells inside.
To score, a team must throw or roll the ball past the opponents.
With players subject to different levels of vision impairment, everyone is required to wear a blindfold.
Julia, who lives with albinism, is the team's vision impaired member and her mother, Birgit, has been helping to coach the team since they were introduced to the sport last year.
"It's the first time she can play a sport at the same level as the other kids," she said.
Teacher Anne Mulligan and parents will accompany the team to Sydney Olympic Park.
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