Goalball UK official Dina Murdie has launched a fundraising challenge ©Goalball UK

Goalball UK official Dina Murdie has launched a fundraising challenge to raise money for the national governing body. 

Murdie has been involved with sports for blind and partially sighted people for over half a century, and, at the age of 77, will row at home for 26 minutes a day for 26 consecutive days.

The campaign aims to support Goalball UK, which has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Goalball has given me so much, so at this unprecedented time when many charities and organisations are struggling, I wanted to do my bit to give something back," Murdie said.

"Goalball UK provides incredibly vital opportunities for blind and partially sighted communities across the country. 

"Without this organisation, thousands of goalball players would not be able to play the sport they love and connect with people similar to themselves, which is so important for those that have little or no sight."

Murdie has been working in sport for visually impaired people since 1967, after she became a physical education teacher at New College in Worcester.

She went on to attend eight Paralympic Games as either a coach, official or general volunteer. 

In 2018, she was awarded a British Empire Medal for her outstanding contribution to goalball.

Murdie remains an indispensable official for Goalball UK and the International Blind Sports Federation.

She still referees at international tournaments, delivers sessions to teach and support new goalball officials, and is Goalball UK’s Club and Competitions Committee chair.