The Barrier Free Cup (BFC)
Hello dragon boat team managers, BC Blind Sports will have a team in the Barrier Free Cup (BFC) on Friday June 23 as part of the Concord Pacific Vancouver International Dragon Boat Festival. Please share the information below with team members, and encourage your team members to participate by joining the BC Blind Sports BFC team, donating, or raising funds for our team (BC Blind Sports dragon boat program). More...
2017 Canadian Blind Hockey Eastern Regional Tournament: May 19 – 21
First ever club tournament has Hiboux de Montreal facing-off against visiting Toronto Ice Owls and Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey teams. More info and the schedule...
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.
2017 Round Robin Results- Senior Goalball National Championships
Women's Summary Sheet
Men's Summary Sheet
2017 Canadian Senior Goalball National Championships
Schedule now available. The Championships begin Friday at 5:00 pm and continue until Sunday when the gold medals games will be held at 12:30 and 1:30pm. The Championships are at the New Westminster Secondary School 835 - 8th Street, New Westminster. Full schedule, Officials, and team rosters...
Goalball Junior Nationals
The BC girls won the bronze medal in a very exciting game against Nova Scotia. We were down 3-0 at the end of the first half and came back to win it 4-3. A great fight! Amanda Pang, Haley Olinyk, and Melody Shih all played a great tournament. A devastating loss to Alberta in the semi-finals by a score of 5-4. Junior Nationals is always a great opportunity for young players to develop their skills, gain experience competing, and learning about what they can do to improve as athletes. We are very proud of these three girls!
Russell Leung was playing with the Quebec boy’s team, called “QueBC”
and also won the bronze medal. It was a tough start for the team who had
never played together before and were physically much smaller than the
other teams. They played some great games, but lost to the tournament
champions, team Ontario, in the semi-finals.
2017 Canadian Blind Sports National Goalball Championships - Volunteers Needed
BC Blind Sports is pleased to host the 2017 Canadian Blind Sports National Goalball Championships and we need volunteers! The Championships are April 21st– 23rd, in New Westminster, BC. We need your help...Details
2017 IBBA Worlds - Gus's first win
Here's a picture of a very happy twosome. Celebrating Gus's first international
win, against England.
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.
2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam - Volunteer Opportunity
The Vancouver Goalball Club (VGC) is thrilled to be hosting the 2017
International Goalball Grand Slam from March 3-4, 2017 at Timms
Community Centre in Langley, BC.
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.
BC Blind Sports is pleased to congratulate Tami Grenon for her outstanding contribution to blind sports over many years
Tandem Cycling: PedalSport
PedalSport is celebrating our 25th Anniversary! As we have sold tandems
since the day we opened in 1992, it only seems fitting to offer a fun
event for all our tandem customers and tandem riding friends in Chilliwack.
Mark the 22nd of July on your calendars!
West Coast Blind Curling Association Provincial Play Downs
Prince George, BC, January 7 – 8, 2017
1st Place Kelowna 53 points
For the full story, click here.
Vote to get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist
Dear CBSA Members and Supporters:
Please ask people to let us know if they experience any accessibility
difficulties with the voting webpage ? this is important to us.
Please VOTE and help get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist.
Jane D Blaine
2016 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Tournament
Canadian Blind Hockey (formerly known as Courage Canada) is bringing the first ever Blind Hockey tournament to the province of BC and you’re invited to come participate!
The inaugural Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament takes place at
the Langley Sportsplex on November 19 and 20, 2016. The event will showcase
Blind Hockey at its best, with a three game series that is 100% free to
come watch. The event also has a learn to skate and try Blind Hockey session
open to anyone of all ages who is blind or partially sighted between 3:45
and 5:15 pm on Saturday, November 19. Registration is mandatory.
Dragon Zone Competitive Blind / Partially Sighted Team
You are invited to attend a meeting on Saturday, October 15th to discuss the creation of a Dragon Zone Competitive BPS (blind / partially sighted) Team. Details on meeting time, team focus, etc. are found here.
2016/2017 Board of Directors
Brian Cowie – President
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Medallists: Goalball
Final Standings – Women
Final Standings: Men
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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 Saturday, September 24, 2016
Please read the full Notice of Meeting (click here) and download and review the additional documents for the meeting:
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Audio Description Live in Venues at the Rio 2016 Paralympics
Spectators in Venue in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games can listen to radio/audio live descriptions of the events by tuning in to specified FM Radio stations on their Radio or phone.
Information is available at the information desks at each venue. Descriptions quickly alternate between English and Portuguese on each station. BC Blind Sports compliments the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for making this service available. The commentaries are well presented and provide additional useful information to both sighted and visually impaired listeners. If there is a chance that this excellent service will be broadcast more widely we will certainly let you know.
Come and join our Curling for people who are Blind or Visually Impaired Program!!!!
There will be a blind curling open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, from
1:00 pm, for anyone who may be interested in this try it session.
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.
Invitation: Canadian Blind Hockey Showcase Game
The 3rd annual Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp takes place this week at Canlan Burnaby 8 Rinks. For the first time ever, this year’s camp features both youth and adult players which should produce some spectacular Blind Hockey at the showcase game taking place this Sunday, August 28th from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm.
The sport of Blind Hockey is now rapidly growing across the United States, with additional interest in many hockey loving nations across the world. With international competition possibilities on the horizon, the Summer Camp is now a crucial development opportunity to improve the excellence of the Canadian Blind Hockey stars of today, as well as to develop the next generation of stars to represent Canada tomorrow.
The Showcase Game features both male and female players aged 15 and up, coming the Montreal Hiboux, Toronto Ice Owls, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, Edmonton See-Hawks and of course the local Vancouver Eclipse, as well as individual free-agent players not connected to any teams. After five days of intensive training under an experienced coaching staff, these athletes will be divided into two teams that will surely produce some highlight reel Blind Hockey. The event is 100% free to come watch and will be fun for the whole family.
Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp
BC Blind Sports Provincial Lawn Bowling Championships
August 17, 2016 - On Monday and Tuesday of this week the Nanaimo Lawn
Bowling Club hosted the provincial championships for blind and visually
impaired bowlers. Players came from Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam,
Ladner, Langley and Kelowna as well as from Nanaimo.
In the total blind section Nanaimo bowlers dominated. Gus Thorne assisted by Donn Sherry was undefeated to win the gold, Randy Fred with director Dean Thompson took the silver and Aedan Stadden aided by David Burns placed third.
The tournament was sponsored by BC Blind Sports. Special thanks to Nanaimo
Lawn Bowling Club for hosting the tournament and to the many club members
who acted as directors, umpires, markers and helped in the kitchen.
Dragon Boat Crew Members Needed
June 29th, 2016 - BC Blind Sports is still in need of 6 to 7 more paddlers,
both visually impaired and sighted for our Dragons Insight Youth/Adult
mixed team, ages 12 and up.
BEEP BASE BALL AND SOCCER
Volunteers needed for Beep Base Ball and Soccer for
the Blind/visually impaired. The program has started and will run until
late September 2016
April 10 - 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week,
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