Birthdate

Sport(s)

Goalball

Hometown

St Thomas, ON

Classification

Emma Reinke wears number five and plays the position of left wing for the Canadian women’s goalball team. The team secured a spot for the 2020 Paralympic Games when China defeated South Korea in the semifinals at the Asia-Pacific Championships in Chiba, Japan in December 2019.

Reinke has been a member of the team since 2017. She attended the 2019 IBSA World Championship and Games, 2019 Parapan Am Games, 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championship and was an alternate at the 2016 Paralympics. In addition, she has been a member of Team Ontario’s women’s goalball team since 2014. 

As a member of the junior Canadian team in 2015, Reinke won gold at the 2015 IBSA World Youth and Student Games.

Born prematurely, Reinke was diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity due to mom's Lupus nephritis. Reinke was introduced to the sport of goalball in grade nine gym class while attending W. Ross Macdonald School for the blind in Brantford, ON. At school in 2014, Reinke was asked if she would be interested in playing for Team Ontario’s junior team. One year later she was asked to join the senior team and before she knew it, she was also playing for Team Canada. 

Currently Reinke is focusing on her goalball career, studying at Carleton University, and working as a barista at Starbucks. In the future, she would like to work in the field of environmental studies. In addition to her goalball talent, Reinke has an ear for music and an incredible singing voice. She sung Broadway musicals in high school and is currently learning how to play the piano.      

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2019 IBSA World Championship and Games… Bronze medal at the 2019 Parapan Am Games… 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championship…Alternate at the 2016 Paralympics... Gold medal at the 2015 IBSA World Youth games… Member of Team Ontario’s women’s goalball team since 2014… Member of Canadian women’s goalball team since 2017…

PERSONAL

Lives in Ottawa… Studying at Carleton... Works as a barista at Starbucks… Has an ear for music and excellent singing voice… Loves bird watching/listening, music and drawing.  Hopes to pursue environmental studies in the future… Attended W. Ross Macdonald High School in Brantford, ON… Was born with Retinopathy of Prematurity due to mom's Lupus nephritis…

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2019 IBSA World Championship and Games – 5th  2019 Parapan Am Games – 3rd 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championship – 4th  2015 IBSA World Youth and Student Games – 1st

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 bronze medals

1 bronze medals