Quick Facts

Vision Impairment – Rod monochromatism
How acquired
Date of Birth
March 3, 1991
Fairfield, QLD
Education Mentor
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the 2014 Japan Para Games; winning several national titles with Queensland

Greatest Moment

France winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup


Raissa Martin is one of the newest members of the Australian women’s goalball squad, but with several national titles under her belt and a fierce passion for sport, she is quickly proving to be an asset to the team.

Born and raised in the regional town of Hervey Bay in Queensland, Raissa didn’t have access to goalball clubs or other vision impaired athletes while growing up, but instead of giving up her sporting dreams, she channelled her love of sport into athletics and competed against able-bodied athletes for eight years.

After moving to Brisbane for university and work, Raissa started participating in goalball in March 2012 as a social activity, but became so addicted to the high-intensity sport that she stepped her involvement up a notch and joined the Queensland team. Since then she has gone on to win several national titles; all of which she counts as career highlights.

Raissa made her debut for Australia in August 2014, when she travelled to the Japan Goalball Championships as part of the development squad. As part of the team that won silver, she says that having the opportunity to wear green and gold for the first time is her career highlight to date.

As a dedicated sports fan, her ultimate goal in sport and in life is to become a Paralympian as it has been a dream of hers since she started competing in athletics at the age of 10.  Although the opportunity to compete at Rio 2016 has come at very short notice, she is grateful to be fulfil her dream.

Raissa is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Education and is working as an education mentor at Aid for the Blind, where she assists at schools to help visually impaired students learn to touch type.

While training, Raissa looks up to teammate Meica Horsburgh and cities Meica’s dedication to training as a driver to become the best athlete she can be. Raissa also looks up to UK actress Emma Watson because of her ongoing commitment to fighting for women’s rights.

Outside of sport and work, Raissa loves attending live music gigs and festivals, fishing, hiking, and enjoys reading classic novels and baking. In ten years time, she hopes to still be playing goalball competitively and would love to continue supporting visually impaired students in schools.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3