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MIINALA Erkki
Sport Goalball
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Born19 Aug 1986 in Kemi, FIN
Height1.67 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Visual Impairment
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Common Law / De Facto
Residence
Espoo, FIN
Occupation
Communications Professional
Languages
English, Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first played at age ten, but did not start playing seriously until 2005, at age 19, when he went with a friend to play at a club in the Finnish national league.
Why this sport?
"I tried goalball when I was about ten years old and I fell in love with the sport, because it is really fast and tactical. A player who wants to be on top in goalball needs many important skills for it."
Club / Team
Old Power: Espoo, FIN
Name of coach
Timo Laitinen
Coach from which country?
Finland
Coach from what year?
2008
International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Finland
Location
Tuusula
General Interest
Nicknames
'Eki ' [an abbreviation of his given name]. (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
"I play drums in a rock band, read books and play Hattrick - a football manager game on the Internet." (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
"Winning a gold metal at the 2011 IBSA World Games in Turkey." (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career
"All the great Finnish players who I have played with." (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
"I appreciate a few great centres in the world, Juha Oikarainen from Finland and Saulius Leonivicius from Lithuania." (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Injuries
He says he had "big problems" with his lower back in 2009, which took several months to recover from. (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Wherever I will play, I will do my best." (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold medals in European, world championship and Paralympic Games competitions. (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)
Other information
DISABILITY ORIGIN
His visual impairment is the result of retinitis pigmentosa. (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)

OCCUPATION
He works as a transcriber. (Athlete, 08 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.