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News Update - October 2, 2018
2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thank you to those of you who attended our 2018 AGM. We had members from
all areas of the province participating by phone and in person.
We take this opportunity to thank the outgoing board of directors Brendan,
Ahmad and Doug, for all their work as volunteer board members.
We now welcome three new member to the board Darren, Creston, BC, Pat,
Qualicum Beach, BC and Sean, Vancouver BC. Please see the full list of
The board of directors for 2018-19 is:
· Brian Cowie – President
· Elaine Todd – Vice President
· Tom Ollis – Treasurer
· Linda Weber – Athlete’s Representative
· Darren Duma – Officer at Large
· Pat Chicquen – Director at Large
· Sean Heaslip – Director at Large
· Amy Amantea – Director at Large
· Yvonne Stewart – Director at Large
HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY!!
Help kick off the celebration of our incorporation 40 years ago, by sharing
your memories of Blind Sports with us.
- We invite you to help create our oral and written history by submitting
your memories and stories to us.
- If you know of people who are no longer active members in BC Blind
Sports, please help us spread the word by forwarding this to them.
2018 marks the 40th year or our registration as a not for profit society
(in April 1978) in the Province of BC.
The British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association was organized
in October 1975 in order to send BC athletes to the 1976 National Championships
and Selection Trials for the Olympics for the Physically Disabled (now
known as the Paralympics), which were held in Toronto that year. This
was the first time athletes who are blind participated in what is now
the Paralympic Games. BC Blind Sports became officially incorporated 3
years later. We have been offering programs and facilitating opportunities
in sport and physical activity for British Columbian who are blind for
over 40 years.
We are collecting stories and memories from over the past 40 years. We
hope you will share with us some of your treasured moments both in sport,
and in life, which are a result of your involvement in BC Blind Sports.
You can submit these by email to email@example.com
FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR ALL - We are once again running
fitness programs in the following areas: Comox, 100 Mile House and Nanaimo.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending one of these programs
and what more details on time, place and location, please let me know
and we will get you in touch with the right person.
We are in the works of hoping to have programs in the areas of Chilliwack
and Campbell River. If you would like to start a group in your community
and have five or more participants interested please let us know.
MEMBERS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS - If you are looking
for someone to work out or assist in a sport program such as guide running,
tandem cycling, or working out in a gym give me a call at the office.
We often get calls from individuals who want to volunteer their time in
these areas. Currently I have two individuals in the Vancouver area who
are interested in volunteering. I can be reach through email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are going to Tennis on Tuesday October 2nd and
need assistance please let us know by 2pm on the Tuesday so we can arrange
Every Tuesday – Start at 4:30pm - 6:00pm and will run until Dec
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 assistants from the SkyTrain.
Email Susan @ email@example.com, or phone 604-325-8638.
HOCKEY – Has started and will run until End of
The BC Blind Sports Ice Hockey program has started and will run every
Friday 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
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
Please contact the office at 604-325-8638
GOALBALL - Goalball season has started on Sunday nights
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.
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)
NEWS FROM CANADIAN BLIND SPORTS -
The Goalball National Team Pool for 2018-2019 is as follows:
Last Name, First Name, Province
Burk, Amy ONT
Hart, Genevieve ONT
Knight, Tiana AB
Olinyk, Haley BC
Mahon, Megan ONT
Baldock, Brieanne AB
Bogart, Whitney ONT
Hargrave, Meaghan AB
Morin, Nancy QUE
Pang, Amanda BC
Reinke, Emma ONT
Soliman, Ruby AB
Last Name, First Name Province
Parker, Brice ONT
Ghebreyohanes, Aron AB
Richard, Simon NS
Tremblay, Simon QUE
Zeividavi, Ahmad BC
Gaulin, Brendan BC
Hache, Bruno QUE
Nesbitt, Blair AB
Parsons, Peter NS
Prevost, Aaron AB
Ripley, Doug BC
Smith, Mason NS
COACHES WEEK: SPORT FOR LIFE IS SPORT FOR EVERYONE
Matt Morrow is recognized for his coaching of individuals
who are blind in the sport of ice hockey, see the full story at https://www.viasport.ca/news/coaches-week-sport-life-sport-everyone
Picture below is Matt Morrow coaching a young girl in the sport of Ice
OTHER PROGRAMS AROUND THE PROVINCE
BLIND BEGINNINGS – Drop-In-Online Parent Group
Parents of children who are blind or partially sighted from birth to kindergarten
age are invited to participate in our Drop-in Online Parent Group. If
your child is older than kindergarten age, but you think you’d benefit
from this parent group, please reach out to us! How to register - If you
have questions or would like to participate in this Drop-in Online Parent
Group, please send an Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 604-434-7243 or toll free 1-866-736-8620. Please let us know your
child’s name and age, and an Email address so we can send you the
Zoom instructions and link to join the meeting.
RICHMOND THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION - offers quality
horseback riding lessons to kids and youth with special needs, age 4-18.
Lessons are Monday to Wednesday, from 10am to 12:45pm and 3pm to 5:10pm.
The fall session started on September 17 and we have openings for new
We are located at Twin Oaks Farm on #3 Road in Richmond. Applicants interested
in joining the program or seeking more information can contact Mélodie,
or call the office 604-241-7837 Monday to Thursday. Alternatively you
can visit our website www.richmondtherapeuticriding.com
or look us up on Facebook “Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association”.
The horses and us look forward to meeting you!
CURLING – This winter season there will be four
curling clubs around the province. If you or someone you know would be
interested the Contacts for Clubs are:
Vancouver Blind Curling Club, Start date September 26th
from 12 noon to 2pm
Contact Carol Kent email@example.com
or Fraser Hiltz firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince George Blind Curling Club Terry Pipkey: email@example.com
100 Mile House Blind Curling - Start date mid October
through mid March, Contact Lori Fry firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelowna Blind Curling Club, Start date October 7th from
10am to 12 noon Contact Bill Mah: email@example.com
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS – with out them
these program would not exist.
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