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Canada is women´s goalball queen
23.01.2011
Women´s final in goalball didn´t offer surprises. Canada won United States 3–1 (2–1) and didn´t lose a game in tournament.
Despite United States´ first goal in the beginning of the game Canada got the control. Canada´s Amy Kneebow was in flames. She threw one goal and made some highlight saves.
– We had strong defence today. This tournament has been great. Trip back home will start early tomorrow morning. Our team will gather again in March when we will start to prepare on IBSA World Games which will be played in April in Turkey, Kneebow tells about Canada´s team future.
At the end of the game Canada started to tactic. Canada´s players hold the ball in their hands almost ten seconds and roll it very very slowly trough the field. Fair or not, but regulations made it possible.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=goalball_en_videos.

 

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Play+eat+sleep=victory
23.01.2011
Netherlands won women's sitting volleyball gold 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19). Russian could resist Netherlands cheerful play only in the second period which they won 25-23.
Both teams have very good ball handling skills, so their game is nice to watch and also easier to judge for referees. Netherlands has two new players who got a lot of playing time to train for becoming European Championship in October.
Coaches of Netherlands and Russia have very different style to guide their teams. Dutch head coach Michiel De Ruijter let her players play independently and interferes only when he thinks women doesn't focus on the main strategy. Russian head coach Aleksander Ovsyannikov gives constantly very specific information to the players.
- When we play well, our coach don't interfere. Now he reminded couple of times what our strategy is, said Karin van der Haar-Kramp. She has been playing sitting volleyball for three and half years. Before sitting volleyball van der Haar-Kramp played volleyball for 23 years.
Netherlands strategy was to put Russian's best players out of the game by not giving them ball. Russian Tatiana Ivanova told that the game was interesting. They like their coaches style to give them information outside.
- It's difficult to see what happens when you are sitting on the floor, Ivanova said.
Ivanova said it was a pleasure to play at Pajulahti Games and hopes to see more teams next year. Dutch also thanked for all the arrangement. The only minus was maybe bit too tight schedule.
- We didn't have any extra time. It was play, eat, play, shower, eat and sleep. If we had the time, we would have liked to have sauna, Van der Haar-Kramp laughed.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=sittingvolleyball_en_videos.

 

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Team Finland was unbeatable in men’s goalball
23.01.2011
Team Finland claimed the title in men’s goalball after beating second placed Slovenia 9-7 in their last group game. Lithuania finished third.
Finland’s top three players Petri Posio, Erkki Miinala and Jarno Mattila secured a win against Slovenia.
- The tournament was a success for us even though we haven’t been preparing so much in few last months, Finnish center Miinala told.
Finland had some troubles against Slovenia, but managed to grab a win thanks to their routine and skills.
- Our defence went up and down during the tournament, but our throws were powerful enough for a victory, Miinala said.
Team Finland is trying to secure a place in London 2012 Paralympics this year and Pajulahti Games was a good start for upcoming season.

 

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It feels good to be a winner
23.01.2011
On men´s showdown finals Dutch Sven Van de Wege met Slovenian Aleksander Sabo. Game ended 3-1 for Van de Wege.
– Very tough game. I was ruling first two sets, but then Aleksander took control. I said to myself that I have to win, Van de Wege told about the game.
He likes the idea of these kind of tournaments. – Great, big tournament. Many players from different countries, organizers have done a good job.
– Atmosphere is nice. Every player respects each other. It´s not nice to loose a game, but I think that every one of the players are proud for themselves.

 

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Sweden´s game fell down in penalties
23.01.2011
Sweden and Canada played very even game in men´s goalball. It seems that Sweden was controlling the game, but penalties changed the way. Result was 7–6 (4–6) for Canada.
Coach Seremeti Florim wasn´t very satisfied.
– I don’t agree with the referees and there was too much penalties. Some of the guys practice nine to ten times a week, very hard. Maybe too much exercise before this tournament. We hoped for a lot more. But now we know what to do different, he analysed.
Despites losing, there is always a reason to keep on smiling.
– We are like a family, we don´t fight and we are having fun together, Seremeti told about the team spirit.

 

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Great Britain sitting volleyball team got experience instead of victories
23.01.2011
British women sitting volleyball team lost all of their matches in Pajulahti Games but team manager Gordon Neale was still satisfied.
- Team has been together only for a year or so and this was just our second international tournament. Improvement has been vast, Neale told after British team had lost to Finland 0-3 (12-25, 24-26, 25-27) in bronze medal match.
Paralympics 2012 is held in London, and Great Britain gets a team in every team sport tournament without qualification. The funding has also got better compared to past times.
- The funding is better than before, but British government and Paralympics Committee are also quick to tighten their belt if our success is not what they have expected, Neale explained.
Most of the Brittish players are newcomers in sitting volleyball. It takes time before the team is ready to start winning matches.

 

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Slovenia plays for tournament victory in men´s goalball
23.01.2011
Slovenia beat Sweden by clear numbers, 12–6, in men´s goalball. Tournament´s final day started speedy. Sweden run away 3–0 lead right in the start but Slovenia didn´t lose their temper and second period was Slovenia´s show. By winning they maintained their chance to win the whole tournament.
Slovenia´s captain Dejan Pirc was satisfied for their game.
– I´m very happy that we won. The last game against Finland is going to be like a final. This has been a strong tournament and opponents have been top quality, Pirc thinks.
– Last game against Finland will be quick. We need to respect them but we want to win. Our attacks must be sensible and defense pedantic, Pirc analyses.

 

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”Yep, yep” says Team Canada
22.01.2011
Canada´s women goalball team beat Finland 6–0. It means that tomorrow Canada meets USA in the final.
Canada´s player Amy Kneebone is confident of Sunday’s match. She tells that today´s game was not easy, they just knew what to do.
– Finland has a new team and they have rebuild it. I think that they get great experience from these games. Now we played good together as a team and we had good chemistry, says Kneebone.
Tomorrow is going to be a exciting game!

 

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Sweden got the last laugh in floorball
22.01.2011
The Special Olympics Sweden team managed to beat Special Olympics Finland team 10-8 in a floorball match, even though they were three goals down at the beginning of the third period.
- It was a slow start for us, but eventually we got enough goals for a win, told Swedish coach Ronny Walter.
Sweden was the more experienced team but Finland was more eager to score at the beginning. In third period Sweden kept the game simple and started scoring goals.
- Our players finally understood that they need to go straight forward and shoot more often, Walter told.
Coach of Finland, Ismo Läntinen was satisfied with their team performance although the players got tired in the end.
- We are so inexperienced team that 8-10 defeat is a real jackpot for us.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=floorball_en_videos.

 

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Great game against Sweden!
22.01.2011
United States women won an even game against Sweden and made their way to finals in goalball. After first period numbers were 2-2. United States found only one hole in Swedish defense during last period and game ended 3-2.
- Great game. It's always great to play against Sweden. This point of the day tiredness and excitement are even - but we are very happy, says assistant coach of United States, Jake Czechowski.
United States team don't care which team they meet in the finals.
Every team presents different kind of challenge.
Swedish thought they played a good match but they didn't have the luck this time. Teams are very equal and Swedish had a lot of good chances especially in the end of the game.
If Sweden could choose they prefer to play against Canada in the bronze game, so they cheered Finland who played semifinals against Canada.
Sweden is anyhow meeting Finland tomorrow, because Finland-Canada match ended 0-6.

 

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Great Britain gets new experiences
22.01.2011
Seems that it is not easy to beat Netherlands in women´s sitting volleyball. Netherlands played against Great Britain and won 3–0 (25–11, 25–8, 25–9). But Great Britain´s player Louise Darby had no regrets.
- We have a new team, we have been developing all the time, she says.
- Scores are not the main thing in these games. We are here to play good matches and we have played great matches. Fantastic!
Great Britain played against Finland first time today and lost. Darby thinks that game went well and plans are done for tomorrow also.
– If we get good sleeps and don´t party too much tonight, we can beat Finland, Darby says smiling.
– We don´t wanna let our audience down.

 

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Dan Wallin is more than just a Wheelchair Tennis player
22.01.2011
Swedish Dan Wallin smashed through Pajulahti Games Wheelchair Tennis tournament without having to show his absolute best. In final he beat Italian Luca Spano 6-4, 6-1.
- I was quite nervous in the first set, which doesn’t happen too often.
Luckily I managed to improve during the match, said Wallin, who is 37th in World Wheelchair Tennis ranking.
Wallin’s ranking could be even better, if he concentrated solely in tennis. He is also playing Wheelchair Basketball in Swedish national team.
- I like both sports equally. It’s nice to be in total control in tennis.
If you play badly in basketball, your coach just takes you to the bench.
In tennis you have to solve your problems on your own, Wallin explained.
Spano seemed to be in control at the early stages of the final but lost his touch in the second set.
- In the first set I played almost my best tennis. But when I got 0-3 down in the second I lost my faith a little bit, Spano said.

 

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It’s nice to win, but almost better is to meet new friends
22.01.2011
It doesn´t matter if you win or loose in the showdown, because the atmosphere is unbelievable. All competitors are like friends to each others.
Swedish Elvira Sjöblom is in the good mood, but not only because she won Danish Anni Bach Pedersen 2–0. She tells that being abroad is nice and people are friendly here. Game against Pedersen was ruled by Sjöblom. – I´m satisfied. Anni is not my worst opponent. Finnish Hanna Vilmi is the toughest competitor.
Elvira´s next game didn´t go so well. She lost against Vilmi 0–2.
Men´s showdown between Slovenian Ladislav Humski and Italian Claudio Levantini ended for Humski 2–0.
– Game was hard, but I had luck also. I´m not so happy, I want more. My aim is to reach positions between one to eight.

 

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Sweating didn't help Sweden
22.01.2011
Jobba, jobba. Slit! (Push, push. Sweat!) Swedish cheered each other at the Saturday's first play against Finland. Finnish trio Petri Posio, Erkki Miinala and Jarno Mattila wanted to win more and made 16 goals while Finland's dear neighbour threw 8 goals. First period ended 7-8, but finally Sweden gave up 8-16.
This was a bad game for us. We don't care who our opponent is, because our focus is always on our own performance. Our main goal is the qualification for Paralympics which takes place in Turkey in April, Niklas Hultqvist says.
During preparing to the Turkish tournament Swedish team trains together as often as possible. Next possibility to train is against Great Britain's team.

 

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Get angry, Lithuania!
22.01.2011
Lithuania's men goalball team have already secured a place in Paralympics so they have their younger players in Finland. Slovenia's strong team didn't come as a surprise to Lithuania. Game ended 9-8 for Slovenia.
Our stronger players aren't here. We want to our young players to play and train together. Our main goal is the world championship tournament in Denmark in October, says teams assistant coach Jekaterina Sakovic.
Lithuanians don't take any pressure of being the favorite team. The match was very even at the beginning and most of the goals were made from penalty throws during first period. The play was more clean during the second period and Lithuania worked hard to get almost even with Slovenia.
- Get angry! This is a bad game, don't play like this, guided Lithuania's team coach Karolis Levickis loudly.

 

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Dutches cheered they way to win
22.01.2011
In women´s sitting volleyball Netherland won Russia 3–1(27–25, 25–23, 24–26, 25–21)after strict fight. Dominant European champion was at times in trouble. Russia played controlled but finally the game was resolved in mental side.
– We played simply. In the right moment we didn´t get nervous as the russians, analyses dutch player Karin Van der Haar.
Both teams looked that they train and play a lot together. Cooperation in the field was admirable. Coaches have a wide player material in their use which gives opportunities to create different kind of tactics.
During the game dutches cheered up very loudly. Van der Haar tells that it´s their way to get strong spirit to the field.
– We play better when we encourage ourselves aloud. Game runs succesfully when we´re happy. And it´s poison to opponents. They got provoked, she laughs.
Netherland verified section victory by winning.

 

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Awesome to be in Finland
21.01.2011
United States women goalball team finished their first day by winning Finland 4–0. Even though Finnish players couldn’t pass not even once United States goal, they didn’t think it was an easy game.
– Every team has a good material, says Lisa Czechowski who is United States team specialist throwing bounces. Also Finnish team throws bounces. It is important to handle different kinds of throws.
United States team plays together only about four to five times a year. Because of the long distances, team members are usually training in several club teams. Team made a long journey to Finland also last year and Lisa Czechowski is excited to be here again.
– It is awesome to be in Finland. I love snow!

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=goalball_en_videos.

 

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Canada got ten goals
21.01.2011
First half started equally in men´s goalball game between Canada and Great Britain. But when Canada got their first goal the game started to go on their way. Canada won 10–0.
– Good game, we felt comfortable. But we need to be better, says Canada´s player Bruno Hache. – We play slow tempo game, we need to be quick like Finland!
Canada´s coach Danny Snow tells that the first game was a disaster, but now the team is playing well. – It takes time always, I haven´t yet figured it out why the first game goes like it goes. I should know as a coach!
– We came here to play! In Canada we don´t have any competitors. Here we get together with European countries and this was the first time we play with new rules, tells Snow. We are expecting a rough game against Sweden. It seems also that Finland has improved much.
Canada meets Slovenia and Lithuania on Saturday

 

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Daniel Göransson started his international showdown career in Pajulahti Games
21.01.2011
Swedish Daniel Göransson admitted having been nervous during the first day of his first international showdown tournament in Pajulahti Games.
Göransson started playing showdown only few months ago, but still managed to grab one win, when he beat Italian Costante Piantoni 2-1.
- This was the fifteenth game in my career, Göransson told after he lost his last game of the day against Netherlands Leander Sachs.
- My problem is that I don’t know the weak spots of my opponents yet. And even if I did know them, I can’t take advantage of them.
The other big problem was Göransson’s hard hitting opponents, such as Finland’s Teemu Ruohonen. When the ball hits the net it also has a big chance of hitting the showdown players private parts right behind the goalnet.
- That’s true. After Teemu had hit me three times, it was quite hard for me to concentrate.

 

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Slovenia took their first win in Goalball
21.01.2011
Slovenia’s and Great Britain’s play was even at the beginning, but Brittish defence started losing the grab when the first period was ending. The first period ended 7–4 and the game ended 15–6 to Slovenia. Slovenia got some of their points thanks to several penalty throws.
– Our play today was pretty good. It was our first here and it takes some time to get used to the floor. We have a softer floor at home. During practice we found out that we can throw harder here, said Dejan Pirac, who plays with number 8.
Slovenia was satisfied with their defence but they should be more flexible with attacking, says Pirc. Their next opponent is the reigning world champion Lithuania at Saturday morning.
– I always like to play against Lithuania. We are ready to meet them. We’ll observe their play against Sweden today, says Pirac.

 

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Sweden smashed Israel 7-3 in women´s goalball
21.01.2011
Tournament´s opening game was swedish celebrity. In the field were against two very different kind of teams. Team Sweden is very experienced. It has already achieved a place in London paralympics 2012 and it was 3rd in last summer world championship.
– It showed out especially in the first half that our team is very young. Players were nervous. But the game got better in second half and we succeeded to made few goals. I hope we get chance to play against Sweden again, thinks Israel´s assistant coach Ariel Fuerte.
Israel has a very young team. Their youngest player is fifteen and oldest only twenty. Their coach Fuerte told that team´s girls were positively shocked about the amount of the snow when they arrived to Finland.
In the match Sweden´s game was convinsing. Their defence was very organized. And when Israel made easy mistakes Sweden punished them immediately by powerfull penalty throws.
Sweden´s coach Yvonne Gahne was pleased to their game.
– Our defense worked very good. It´s easy to continue the tournament after this win.
Three goals in the game scored Sweden´s Josefine Jälmestål was satisfied to her team´s presentation.
– It was first time when we played together as a team after summer. So we are happy about the result. We scored a lot. That was great. Our goal is to make our game better in this tournament. It´s good to continue from here.

 

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“Let´s go GB, let´s go!”
21.01.2011
Great Britain tried their best at women´s sitting volleyball. British team lost the game to Russia despite the loud cheering.
Game started good for Great Britain, but Russian won 3–1 (16–25, 25–8, 25–16, 25–8). In second round Russia started to lead the game.
– We played a year ago towards Great Britain, they have improved much from that, tells Tatiana Ivanova from Russian team.
Head coach of Great Britain Stephen Jones looked quite satisfied after the game.
– It was big step for us. We did our best and believed in ourselves. Russia was as nervous as we were, but they found their rhythm and routines and played good.
– I can´t say which team is our hardest opponent, because all are. Our goal is to play the whole weekend good, and concentrate to our own game, not worry about the points. We take this as an experience, he sums.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=sittingvolleyball_en_videos.

 

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Armbrusters are the icons of United States goalball
21.01.2011
When you talk about women’s goalball in United States, you can’t avoid mentioning name Armbruster. Jennifer Armbruster has been at the top of the goalball world for two decades and his father Ken Armbruster has coached Team USA since 1996.
Jennifer and Ken Armbruster have been around to see all the changes that goalball has gone through.
- Goalball has evolved from fun sports for blind athletes to real top level sports that it is now, Jennifer told.
Jennifer Armbruster used to play basketball in her childhood, before an illness started to damage her sight. Her love for team sports led Jennifer to goalball and took away her father too.
United States have won a lot in international goalball during the Armbruster era. The last big win was Paralympic gold medal from Beijing in 2008. Jennifer Armbruster thinks that his father is the one to blame for much of the success.
- He is one of the best goalball coaches in the world, especially in tactical perspective. And I’m not saying this because he is my dad. You can ask anyone and they tell the same.

 

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Women’s goalball is flying high in Canada
21.01.2011
Canada is one of the super powers in women’s goalball. The coach of Team Canada, Janice Dawson gave a lecture in a coaching seminar in Pajulahti and told the audience that the trend isn’t changing in near future.
- Canadian government started the Own the Podium -funding program before the Vancouver Winter Olympics and decided to continue it after the games.
Now they decided that women goalball team should be one of the target teams preparing for the London Paralympics in 2012, Dawson said.
In 2011 the funding for the women’s goalball team is higher than the funding for men’s team. Dawson’s team can now travel to international tournaments such as Pajulahti Games and orchestrate enough training camps during the year.
Dawson’s lecture made Team USA a bit jealous of their upper neighbours.
- We have similar plans, but not the same money that Canada has, said Ken Armbruster, the coach of United States women’s goalball team.

 

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All too easy for Dan Wallin in Wheelchair Tennis
21.01.2011
Dan Wallin has smashed through early stages of Pajulahti Games Wheelchair Tennis tournament without losing a single game. On Friday’s semi final he beat Italian Diego Amadori in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
- Maybe it has been little bit too easy for me so far. But I’m sure the final will be tougher, said Wallin, who is 37th in world ranking.
Wallin will face another Italian Luca Spano in Saturday’s final.
Although Wallin is at his own level in Pajulahti Games, he isn’t even the best Swedish wheelchair tennis player. Stefan Olsson is number three in the world ranking. The standard of Swedish Wheelchair Tennis is extremely high.
- We are the reigning world champions in team competition, Wallin told.

 

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Spano tries to challenge the top ranked Swede in Wheelchair Tennis final
21.01.2011
Italian Luca Spano was relieved after beating Taneli Tenhunen of Finland 6-3, 7-5 in the semi final of Pajulahti Games Wheelchair Tennis tournament.
- I won but it wasn’t easy. Taneli will be a fantastic player in the future, Spano said.
In Saturday’s final Spano faces Dan Wallin from Sweden. The Swede is the highest ranked player in the tournament, but Spano believes he stands a chance.
- Last year I lost to Dan in Sardinia Open but only in three sets and the last one was 5-7, so if I am able to play at my highest level, everything is possible.
Spano’s big dream is to get a place in London 2012 Paralympics. He was one of the last players to drop from last Paralympics in Beijing.

 

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Netherlands won Great Britain 3–0 in women sitting volleyball
21.01.2011
– The game went quite as we expected, said Netherlands head coach Michiel De Ruijter. Great Britain’s team is coming up and we have been on top already several years. Netherlands won Great Britain 3–0 (25–14, 25–14, 25–14).
Netherlands women are dominating European champions and their main goal this year is European Championship tournament in October 2011.
De Ruijter tells that playing again Brittish team was difficult because it happened something surprising time after time. Netherland team hasn´t been training since their world championship games at United States where they became fourth.
– Our play was ok today, but because we are aiming to the top and want to get in the Paralympics in London 2012 we are training too little compared to rest of the world. Great sitting volleyball countries like China are from other planet. Ukraina was surprisingly good, USA is good.
De Ruijter tells that he was positively surprised and pleased to see Finnish team play. Netherlands team is happy to be in Finland and is hoping to be able to gather many sitting volleyball teams to Netherland in May to play Del’A Cup also in sitting volleyball.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=sittingvolleyball_en_videos.

 

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Russia won their first sitting volleyball game
21.01.2011
Russia started their international Pajulahti Games by winning their first game towards Finland 3–2 (25–9, 25–27, 25–8, 19–25, 15–8). The Russian captain Tatjana Ivanova wasn´t quite satisfied with their playing.
– We weren´t strong and we made mistakes. But the game was interesting and it was nice to see that Finnish team has gone a big step forward if you compare last year. Ivanova admitted that some members of the team have a lot of hitting power, and that helped them to beat Finland.
Ivanova was also happy to see friendly, smiling faces on the opposite site of the net.
– Here is very warm atmosphere and everyone is very kind to us.
Ivanova thinks their hardest opponent is Holland team. They haven’t yet seen Brittish team to play, so it is quite a question still.
Russians next game is towards Great Britain.

Webtv-highlights: www.pajulahtigames.fi/index.php?page=sittingvolleyball_en_videos.

 

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Van der Boom started showdown tournament with win
21.01.2011
Showdown games started at Pajulahti Games.
Helma van der Boom from Netherlands won Italian Alessandra Martinelli 2–0.
– First round was good. In second round my concentration wasn`t good at all and Alessandra was better, van der Boom tells after the game.
– I hope I will be playing on Sunday, if my games goes all like this, that is possible! Hanna Vilmi is tough contestant.
Stine Skovbon finished second at European Championship 2008. In Pajulahti Games she played against Jaana Pesari and won the game 2–0.
– Level is high. Atmosphere is good here, it´s nice to meet new people. We don’t have many people in this sport in Denmark, this is fine opportunity for me, Skovbon says.

 

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Live WebRadio from goalball tournament
21.01.2011
Now you have a good opportunity to follow live WebRadio-broadcast from Pajulahti Games. Goalball tournament starts on Friday the 21st of January. The following days you can follow live WebRadio broadcast in every goalball game at Pajulahti Games. You can find the live WebRadio schedule from here.

 

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Taneli Tenhunen believes his chances in wheelchair tennis tournament
20.01.2011
Finland’s wheelchair tennis ace Taneli Tenhunen started his home tournament Pajulahti Games in winning fashion. He beat Mauro Curioni from Italy in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
- It was pretty easy, although I’m not too used to play in front of so many friends, Tenhunen said.
Tenhunen is number 131 in world wheelchair tennis ranking. His opponent on friday’s semi final, Luca Spano from Italy is number 97. The top seeded player in Pajulahti Games is swedish Dan Wallin (37th).
- Ranking doesn’t tell everything. I had injury problems in 2009, and my ranking fell down. I’m much better player than my ranking suggests at the moment, Tenhunen explains.
- I have won players with better ranking than Wallin in the past, so why couldn’t I beat him too.
On friday’s semi finals Tenhunen faces Spano and Wallin plays against Diego Amadori from Italy.

 

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Live WebTv from Pajulahti Games
19.01.2011
Now you have a good opportunity to follow live WebTv-broadcast from Pajulahti Games. Wheelchair Tennis starts on Thursday the 20th of January. The following days you can follow live WebTv broadcast in every sport at Pajulahti Games. You can find the live WebTv schedule and sports from here.

 

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Great Britain defaults from the women´s goalball tournament
16.01.2011
Great Britain has defaulted from the women's goalball tournament. The new schedule has been updated to the website.

 

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Pajulahti Games will bring together 300 athletes from 12 different countries
30.11.2010
The first ever Pajulahti Games sports event will include five sports: sitting volleyball, goalball, floorball, showdown and wheelchair tennis. An international tournament will be held in four sports: women's sitting volleyball, men and women's goalball, showdown and wheelchair tennis. A national competition for persons with learning disabilities will be held in floorball. The patron of the event is the Finnish Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Stefan Wallin.

A sports event of the highest level

The tournament will be of the highest level as the participants are internationally successful in their sports. In sitting volleyball the participants will include the Paralympic Bronze medalist, the Netherlands, as well as Great Britain, Russia and Finland. The Finnish team will have a great opportunity to measure its level in this tough, international company.

In goalball one of the participants will be the current Paralympic Gold Medalist and world champion Lithuania, who will meet teams from Sweden, Slovenia, Great Britain, Canada and Finland. On women's side the participating countries are Finland, the world silver medalist USA, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and Israel.

The Finnish internationally successful showdown team will meet opponents from Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden.

The tournament in wheelchair tennis is a ranking competition approved by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Finnish wheelchair tennis star Taneli Tenhunen will meet opponents from at least the other Scandinavian countries.

Students play a key role

Pajulahti Games relies heavily on a large amount of volunteers. The Finnish Sports Association of Persons with Disabilities will get help from Pajulahti Sports Institute students, who will act as officials in the tournaments. This also gives them the opportunity to learn about organising an international event. Other important partners are Nastola town and the Finnish Paralympic Committee, who is in charge of organising the coaching seminar.

 

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High Performance Coaching Seminar 21.01.2011
28.10.2010


Friday the 21st of January 2011
09.00-09.45    Testing in disability sports, Henri Lehto, Marko Haverinen, Pajulahti Sports Centre
09.45-10.30    Science and disability sports, KIHU Research Centre for Olympic Sports
10.30-11.00    Coffee break
11.00-11.45    “How to build a successful team”, Janice Dawson
11.45-12.30    Discussion and summing up

Read more: Seminar
Contact: Kimmo Mustonen, tel. +358 50 566 9869, kimmo.mustonen (at) paralympia.fi

 

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A top-level tournament expected in goalball
17.09.2010
A top-level tournament expected in goalball The goalball tournament in Pajulahti Games will be of high level. Seven countries have announced their participation. Lithuania, Great Britain, Sweden, Slovenia, Canada and Finland will take part in the men’s tournament while Canada, USA, Sweden, Great Britain, Israel and Finland will take part in the women’s tournament.

There are expected to be over 300 participants in six different sports. The registration ends on the 31st of October 2010.

 

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Pajulahti Games website is open
26.07.2010
Pajulahti Games website opens in 26th of July 2010. Information will be added gradually.
 

Sports

Athletics
Goalball
Judo
Showdown
Sitting Volleyball
Wheelchair rugby

 

Results

Results
 

Web-Tv

Watch WebTv live from Pajulahti
 

Sponsors

Logo: Pajulahti Sports Institute

Logo: Nastola town

Logo: Umbro

Logo: Lehtimäen Liikenne
 

Highlights 2013