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Blind Hockey Returns to Burnaby!

Join us for a Free Try Skating and Blind Hockey Session at the 2018 Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament

Canadian Blind Hockey is hosting our first-ever Blind Hockey tournament in Metro Vancouver from November 23 – 25, with the third annual Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament taking place in Burnaby, BC. All of the games are free to come watch, and will be fun for the whole family, so come witness the fastest sport on ice played by athletes with 10% vision or less. Even better, for children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted, you are invited to get out of the stands and onto the ice with a free try skating and Blind Hockey clinic on Saturday November 24 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
Read the full details and download the registration form....


We Need Volunteers for Gift Wrapping

Date: November 23rd to December 24th 2018
Oakridge has once again given us the opportunity to raise funds for our programs. This is our 12th year and they have generously given us a booth and supplies to make this happen. We would like you to be a part of it. The volunteers are a very important part of this event.
Join BC Blind Sports in raising money to support Recreation and Sport Programs for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Read the details on duties and training for first time volunteers....

Team Canada Wins First Ever International Blind Hockey Championship!

Players and coaches from five provinces defeat Team USA to win inaugural trophy.

(October 19, 2018) The first ever Canadian National Blind Hockey Team has won the very first ever international competition for the parasport of Blind Hockey. Read more about the competition and upcoming events.

News Update - October 2, 2018

Please see the attached Fall Update for lots of information on our fall programming and updates on the AGM and new Board of Directors.
Included are:

REMINDERS - Tennis, Hockey, Goalball
BLIND BEGINNINGS – Drop-In-Online Parent Group
CURLING – This winter season there will be four curling clubs around the province.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS – with out them these program would not exist.
Read the full Update.


At 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 16, 2018,
5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
(Please ring the doorbell to enter)

For those participating by phone or those not attending, votes submitted ahead of the meeting are to be submitted as follows:

  • Votes must be received, no later than 5:00 pm PST Wednesday September 12, 2018
  • Votes can be submitted by email to secretary@bcblindsports.bc.ca or by fax or mail to the BC Blind Sports office;
  • All votes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday September 12, 2018 from individuals not present in person at the AGM.


September 11th and will run until Dec 18, 2018

A reminder that tennis has started up again.
Next Tuesday September 11th, 2018 – Start at 4:30pm - 6:00pm and will run until Dec 18, 2018
At Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, next door to Douglas College Coquitlam Campus

It is a short walk from the last stop on the Millennium Line - LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station.
We will meet people at 4:00pm at LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station for those that may need assistants getting there. We will leave the station at 4:20pm. Please email me so I know you need assistance from the SkyTrain.

Limited Space Available, call or email to register as soon as possible!
Email Susan @ susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca, or phone 604-325-8638.


Friday September 7th and will run until End of March 2019

The BC Blind Sports Ice Hockey program starts this Friday Sept 7th from 11:15am to 12:15pm at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster and happens weekly. We are looking for new teammates, all ages all skill levels, if you don't know how to skate we can help teach you, if you can skate then come learn to play hockey. We look forward to seeing you out there.

Equipment - If you have your own skates bring them, if not the rink can loan some out:
Full Hockey gear, shoulder, hip, shin pads, helmet with full cage, jock, (If you do not have some can be provided as long as we know your coming)

A smile, Courage and attitude

For more information you can join the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team Facebook group or Contact John Tee on Facebook at John Edward Tee or email at Dartblade@msn.com


Sunday September 9th and will run until end of March 2019

The BC Blind Sports Goalball program season starts this coming Sunday Sept 9th from 6:30-9:30pm at Collingwood Neighborhood House Community Center close to the Joyce Street Skytrain Station. Anyone needing to be met at skytrain Let us know.

Goalball is a paralympic sport designed for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The idea of the game is where you take a basketball sized rubber ball and bowl it down the court trying to score into the net. It is played 3-on-3 and all players are blindfolded to make an equal playing field.

We are looking for new members, all fitness levels and ages are welcome!. You will meet and learn from some of the high performance athletes including some who are currently on the National team and have attended several Paralympic Games. Come and give it a try. Equipment Required: exercise clothing, shorts, long sleeves, runners, elbow, knee, hip pads (if you got them if not some can be provided), jock or jill (m/f) A smile, courage and attitude.

For more information you can check out BC Goalball group on facebook or contact John Edward Tee on Facebook or email at dartblade@msn.com


Sept 9, 2018 - This winter season there will be four curling clubs around the province. If you or someone you know would be interested we have listed the location and person to contact.

The season goes from Sept/Oct to the middle/end of March depending on the club. Also depending on the club you may need to pay a membership or registration fee. All Blind and Vision Impaired individuals are welcome, we will teach beginners who want to try the sport and have never curled before. Read all the details and contact information.

Edmonton, Alberta

The tournament ended with one round of games to finish off the section play for the B 2-4 and a game for bronze/ silver in the B 1’s. I am not sure why the gold / silver game did not take place other than Randy had won all 4 of his games by such large margins. We would have preferred to play another game. He did win the gold medal and also received the plaque for the top B 1 in the competition.

In the mixed sight categories Terry Baker was awarded Bronze in the 3rd section and Jay Gatley won Silver in the 2nd group. Lisa Bonnie of Kelowna placed 3rd in the top section after the 3 bowlers each had a win and a loss.

Special thanks to Adrian Hewitt and Lorrie Kobitz for travelling with and directing our bowlers.

The tournament finish with a delicious banquet at which Randy Fred and Jay Gatley provided some fun entertainment.


Notice is hereby given to all members of the British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association will be held:

At 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 16, 2018
(location in Vancouver, BC to be confirmed, it will be near the BC Blind Sports office)

For the full Notice of the AGM and related materials, including the Call for Nominations and the Notice to Amend the Bylaws, please visit the AGM webpage, or download:
2018 Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors
2018 Notice of Motion to Amend the Bylaws


As a reminder memberships are now due for the 2018/19 fiscal year. If you are planning to renew your membership please find attached a membership form. We now accept Credit Card and E-Transfer payments for membership and program fees. After this mail out we will only be sending out emails to current members in good standing. Please contact the office if you have any questions about memberships.

Try Ice Skating and Beep Kickball

BC Blind Sports and the Vancouver Eclipse blind hockey team invite you to try ice skating and beep kickball. All ages are welcome AND Pizza at the end.

When: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018
Read all the details...


Nanaimo will host the 2018 Lawn Bowls Provincials on July 30th and 31st, 2018. The games are all singles and each player will play all 4 games hopefully against 4 different opponents.

The games are to 21 points or 2 hours in length whichever come first. This is to prepare anyone who wishes to compete in the Nationals where the time limit is 3 hours. Read the full details...

Blind Tennis

Watch the video with ATW Vancouver's Grant Hardy who teams up with BC Blind Sports to learn about the "rattle and bounce" of blind tennis. View on YouTube
AccessibleMedia, Published on May 18, 2018

All Access Dragon Boat Race

BCBSRA has been invited to have a dragon boat team in the All Access Cup Race being hosted by Dragon Zone and Concord Pacific. It is an opportunity for BC Blind Sports to raise funds for our programs. Our Team name is, Blind Sided, and it is a mix of members from each of our five teams across BC. Come out and cheer for our team and pledge support at dragonboatgala.com . More...

Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club

Blind Beginnings and BC Blind Sports are budding up together and starting Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club. We are in the beginning stages and putting the word out there to see who would be interested in piloting a tandem team and if there are any tandem bikes available for use.

We will be having a piloting training session on Sunday April 15, 2018.

We will put another request out for people who are interested in joining the club and it will be on a sign up registered format.
For more information please contact Mike at 604-325-8638, or email mike@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Adult Fitness Classes

Starting Up This Weekend Saturday January 27th, 2018 at 10am
Here is an excellent opportunity to come and get fit! Have some fun with BC Blind Sports at Collingwood Neighborhood House Community Center. Come out and move your body and get active. This is for adults and focused on chair exercise.

Address: Collingwood Neighborhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver BC. Full schedule of dates, room and time.
Email Graham: intern@bcblindsports.ca
Call BC Blind Sports to register 604-325-8638
Graham Foxcroft, Intern

“Come Try It” An Introduction to Blind Tennis

Here is an opportunity to come and try the adapted sport of “Blind Tennis” Come try it and have some fun with BC Blind Sports at Pinetree Community Centre. Come out and learn about blind tennis, all you need to bring are your runners, comfy gym cloths and a waer bottle for yourself. All the other equipment needed will be supplied.
With week one done, there was a swing and a miss with some good ralling back and forth between participants. Fun was had by all and the volunteers got the chance to try it and enjoy some fun!

Next is Monday January 29, 2018 – Start at 4:30pm - 6:00pm
At Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC. Next door to Douglas College Coquitlam Campus
It is a short walk from the last stop on the Millennium Line - LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station.

We will arrange a meet time at LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station for those that may need assistants getting there.
Limited Space Available so call to register as soon as possible
Email Graham: intern@bcblindsports.ca
Call BC Blind Sports to register 604-325-8638
Graham Foxcroft

Minister Qualtrough introduces National AccessAbility Week - May 28 to June 3, 2017

May 11, 2017 - As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone. It is my pleasure to announce that launching this spring, for the first time in many years, an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility. More...

BC Men win Goalball Nationals, Women's Team gets Silver

Congratulations to the BC1 men's team on winning the CBSA National Goalball Championships, defeating Alberta 3 -2. The BC women's team 1, captured the silver medal. Congratulations to all, and thanks to the many officials, volunteers, staff, and sponsors that helped with the championships.

Ontario women are Canadian Goalball Champions, defeating BC1: 15-5.
Nova-Q are Bronze medallists, defeating Alberta 9-1
British Columbia 1 are 2017 Men's Goalball Champions, defeating Alberta 3-2.
Nova Scotia are Bronze medallists, defeating Ontario 6-4

2017 IBBA Worlds - Gus's first win

Here's a picture of a very happy twosome. Celebrating Gus's first international win, against England.
Note: April 10th - additional photos from South Africa

2017 IBBA World Championships - Day 6

March 25, 2017 - Today was an easy day at the green with only one session scheduled and all the games were mixed pairs. Today we played South Africa and they won the game 12 - 6. Tracy Smith of South Africa bowled extremely well which made it difficult for us but once again we gave up a 5 ender which killed our chances for a win. More news...

2017 IBBA World Championships - Day 5

Today was a good day for us. We played Israel in mixed pairs this morning. It was a very challenging game for both teams. The wind was very strong and was blowing diagonally across the green. More news about Day 5

2017 IBBA World Championships - Cape Town, South Africa, March 20-31

March 20, 2017 - The tournament games got going today with almost everyone having at least one game. All of the games will be played at the Western Province Cricket Club. There are 12 championship sections - 4 for the women's sight categories, 4 for the men's and 4 for the mixed pairs. Play will continue until Tuesday of next week.
For results, photos and game descriptions click here.

VOLUNTEERS IN SPORT HONOURED - 2017 Presidents’ Awards

The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in its 23rd year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.
The 2017 Presidents Award winners represent 25 communities and 44 different Sport BC member and partner organizations.

BC Blind Sports is pleased to congratulate Tami Grenon for her outstanding contribution to blind sports over many years

Tami Grenon 2017 Presidents Award Winner


Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Medallists: Goalball

Women’s Goalball
Gold Medal Game China 1 vs Turkey 4
Bronze Medal Game Brazil 2 vs USA 3

Final Standings – Women
Gold TUR Turkey
Silver CHN China
Bronze USA United States
4 BRA Brazil
5 JPN Japan
6 CAN Canada
7 ISR Israel
8 UKR Ukraine
9 AUS Australia
10 ALG Algeria

Men’s Goalball
Gold Medal Game USA 8 vs Lithuania 14
Bronze Medal Game Brazil 6 vs Sweden 5

Final Standings: Men
Gold LTU Lithuania
Silver USA United States
Bronze BRA Brazil
4 SWE Sweden
5 TUR Turkey
6 GER Germany
7 CHN China
8 CAN Canada
9 FIN Finland
10 ALG Algeria

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Photo credit - Canadian Paralympic Committee 2016

Canadian Blind Sports Nominates 12 Goalball Players To Team Canada For Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Congratulations to all athletes and specially to BC athletes: Ashlie Andrews (Penticton); Doug Ripley (New Westminster) and Ahmad Zeividavi (Vancouver). Read the full press release on the Canadian Paralympic Committee website.

Insight in Schools

Bringing sport and recreational activities to blind or visually impaired students in their own community. Programs are provided on site with sports and activities adapted to individual needs. For more information, download the pdf flyer, or contact BC Blind Sports at info@bcblindsports.bc.ca




Run for Light

May 14, 2013 - At a recent Board of Directors meeting it was decided that due to the increasing cost, staff and volunteer time commitment and the fluctuation in revenue from the run due to weather dependence and the number of other recreational opportunities available in Vancouver, the association has determined that we need to ensure we put our resources into physical activity programs for British Columbians who are blind or visually impaired. We have therefore determined that we will not hold a Run for Light in 2013. BC Blind Sports will explore other options for events in the future.

BC Blind Sports thanks our supporters, volunteers, staff, donors, participants and the community who have contributed to the Run over the past 33 years.

If you would like more information on BC Blind Sports please contact our office at info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers
with Visual Impairment

A DVD & Written Guide for Parents
BC Blind Sports has created a DVD and written guide that shows parents how to encourage physical activity in preschool children who are visually impaired. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the DVD and/or written guide, or if you have any questions regarding physical activity for people with visual impairment. We are here to help. DVD only $5.
DVD & Resource Guide $30
Download the Brochure - Word version | .pdf version


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

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Phone: 604 325-8638
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