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News Update - October 2, 2018


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 board members.

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 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  • If you know of people who are no longer active members in BC Blind Sports, please help us spread the word by forwarding this to them.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 info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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 susan@bcblindports.bc.ca or 604-325-8638


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 for volunteers.
Every Tuesday – 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 assistants from the SkyTrain.
Email Susan @ susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca, or phone 604-325-8638.

HOCKEY – Has started and will run until End of March 2019
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 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
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)

The Goalball National Team Pool for 2018-2019 is as follows:

Women’s Team:
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

Men’s Team:
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

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 Hockey


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: shawn@blindbeginnings.ca 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 riders.
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, at instructor@richmondtherapeuticriding.com 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 carolkent@telus.net or Fraser Hiltz fraserhiltz@gmail.com
Prince George Blind Curling Club Terry Pipkey: tpipkey@shaw.ca
100 Mile House Blind Curling - Start date mid October through mid March, Contact Lori Fry odifry@shaw.ca
Kelowna Blind Curling Club, Start date October 7th from 10am to 12 noon Contact Bill Mah: bmah59@shaw.ca

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS – with out them these program would not exist.


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British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association

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Phone: 604 325-8638
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Email: info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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