WINDSOR athlete Nansi Hidrej has been selected as part of the Great Britain (GB) Under 19s (U19) squad for the Goalball Youth World Championships in Sydney, Australia from August 2-10.

Hidrej and her teammates will come up against some tough opponents like host nation Australia, Brazil, Japan, Germany and Thailand. This will be the first time GB has entered a female U19 team at an international tournament.

Each player has come through the Goalball UK talent pathway which aims to develop elite athletes capable of representing GB at future Paralympic Games. Goalball is a Paralympic sport for visually impaired and blind athletes.

The fast-paced sport consists of two teams of three players attempting to throw a ball containing a bell across the floor into the opposition goal. Each player wears eyeshades allowing a divers mix of visual abilities to participate, making it an inclusive game.

Heading to Australia alongside Hidrej is Antonia Bunyan, Chelsea Hudson, Meme Robertson and Megan Smithson-Booth. The team will be supported by coaches Aaron Ford and Becky Ashworth as well as team manager Tom Dobson and sports therapist Jim Wallis.

Hidrej said: "It's an honour to be selected to represent GB at such a prestigious tournament in Australia.

“We can’t wait to come up against some of the best young athletes in the world. It will be a real test but it’s such an important opportunity as we continue our development.

“Many amazing goalball players have launched their careers at competitions like this. We hope that it will be the start of great things for our young and talented squad.”

Dobson added: “Preparations are well under way for the players and staff who have a rigorous training schedule in place over the past six weeks. We’re determined to maximise every opportunity we have to work together and best prepare as a team before we head over to Australia for this exciting opportunity.”