Vanhove, who competed for Belgium at the 2012 and 2020 Paralympic Games, is enjoying his new role. “Of course I miss playing myself and everything that comes with it,” Vanhove laughs. “But I can compensate that a little bit because being a co-commentator allows me to still be active within the sport. What I don’t miss is training hard and the time I had to miss my family. I’m glad I can be with my family more now. But never say never, maybe someday I’ll come back.”
Former goalball player Tom Vanhove from Belgium has a new role as he went from being a player for the Belgian Bulls to being a co-commentator during the European Para Championships in Rotterdam.
Vanhove was an active player for the Belgian team since 2004 until the end of 2022. “I decided to retire because to a mix of reasons. Not only is the road to Paris (2024) long and hard, but I also have two young children. During the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games and the 2022 World Cup, it was very tough at the family level. My wife sacrificed a lot for the family. I also want to see my children grow up and be involved. That’s the main reason I decided to retire,” he said.
The fact he’s now involved as a co-commentator is a godsend, according to Vanhove: “This allows me to still be involved in the sport I love so much. Also, being a former player allows me to add that extra information and facts to the commentary. I’m glad I got that opportunity.”
In the video below, Vanhove talks more about goalball and his role as a co-commentator.