Kali grabs another gong

Kali on the left and Joe on the right sit on some big steps, Kali is holding her winner’s certificate as Joe sits beside her holding onto the trophy and they are both smiling at the camera.

Last night 17 year old Kali Holder was named ‘Disability Sports Personality of the Year’ at the annual Herefordshire Sports Awards. She was a member of the unbeaten GB Women’s Goalball team which travelled to Portugal winning gold in the European B league. Kali scored an impressive 7 goals during the tournament and helped them to secure promotion to the European A league.

 

Kali, from Brighton, became a student at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) in September 2016 and balances full time study with training at the RNC Sports Academy. “There is a good standard of Goalball at RNC, the Sports Academy sessions are mixed so there are opportunities to play against men and women as the styles of play tend to be different. Playing with different levels of people challenges me and allows me to adapt my gameplay.”

 

Kali, who started playing Goalball at the age of 14, used to travel all the way to Winchester at weekends just to train but now enjoys up to five hours of Goalball a week as well as strength and conditioning, lifestyle support and unlimited gym access. RNC Sports Academy Teacher and GB Women’s Goalball Coach Aaron Ford said “The Academy is set up like a professional training development centre, all the facilities are here, with opportunities to play alongside other GB standard athletes and it’s perfect for Kali. She’s got bags of talent and is improving her game all the time; I am excited to see how she develops.”

 

At the awards ceremony Kali was accompanied by fellow RNC student Joe Roper, 18 from Cambridgeshire. At RNC the pair are nicknamed the ‘TASS Twins’ as they are both members of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme funded by Sport England. Joe jokes “It can get very competitive when we’re doing anything sporty, Kali normally beats me with scoring goals but I’m better at pull ups and bench press in the gym!”

 

Six time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred was also honoured at the Awards ceremony, giving a powerful motivational speech, and at the end of the evening Kali said “I had a really great night and got to wear a Paralympic gold medal round my neck; if I continue to work hard then maybe one day I could win one!”

Kali on the left and Joe on the right are standing with six time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred in the middle. They’re all smiling at the camera and Sascha is holding his Rio Paralympic gold medal up to the camera.

Kali, Sascha Kindred and Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in finding more about the sports provision available at RNC, call our Student Enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk

 

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC