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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.

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 Round Robin Results- Senior Goalball National Championships

Nova Scotia vs. Alberta
BC 2 vs. Québec
Ontario vs. BC 1
BC 1 vs. Nova Scotia
Ontario vs. Alberta
Ontario vs. Québec
Nova Scotia vs. BC 2
Nova Scotia vs. Alberta
Ontario vs. BC 2
BC 1 vs. Alberta
Québec vs. Nova Scotia
BC 2 vs. BC 1
BC 2 vs. Ontario
Alberta vs. Québec
Nova Scotia vs. BC 1
BC 2 vs. Nova Scotia
Alberta vs. BC 1
BC 1 vs. BC 2
Alberta vs. Ontario
BC 2 vs. Alberta
Ontario vs. BC 1
Ontario vs. Nova Scotia
Québec vs. BC 1
Nova Scotia vs. Ontario
Alberta vs. BC 2

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.
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.

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.

VGC is seeking volunteers to help run a successful tournament. Volunteer positions will include: goal judges, greeters, food and beverage attendants, and shot recorders. No experience necessary. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ieva Drevinskaite at ieva.drevinskaite@gmail.com.
The tournament will run on Friday March 3 from 3:00-8:30PM, and on Saturday March 4 from 8:00AM-6:00PM. Details...

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

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!
Registration is $25 per person, payable to PedalSport.

West Coast Blind Curling Association Provincial Play Downs

Prince George, BC, January 7 – 8, 2017

1st Place Kelowna 53 points
2nd Place Prince George 44 points
3rd Place 100 Mile House 39 points
4th Place Vancouver 20 points

For the full story, click here.

Vote to get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist

Dear CBSA Members and Supporters:
Canadian Blind Sports has entered Goalball in the Canada 150 Playlist through ParticipAction. The Playlist is in celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017. Voting is on now for the sports which will be on the Playlist. In order to ensure that the Playlist includes Goalball, please circulate the following links for voting as widely as possible and encourage people to vote for goalball. Please note that you can vote every day until December 9th. I have asked ParticipAction for a French version of the information also - French and English links are below. I will forward the digital tools and other information when I receive it.

Please ask people to let us know if they experience any accessibility difficulties with the voting webpage ? this is important to us.
Thank you for your assistance !

Info from ParticipAction:
The 150 Play List voting and submission campaign has launched and the race is on to get your sports and activities included on the list!
Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada and reawaken the desire and pride of all Canadians to regularly take part in sport and physical activity.

Tell me how to get my sports and activities on the list!

Help make sure that the sports and physical activities that your organization offers make it on the list by encouraging your members to vote and submit sports and physical activities below (next week we'll be sending you some digital tools to help you spread the word!). Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, is making sure her faves make the list and you should too!

English Website Link:

French Website Link:

Please VOTE and help get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist.

Jane D Blaine
Canadian Blind Sports Association / Association canadienne des sports pour aveugles

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.

For full details, download the schedule and the registration form.

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
Doug Dow – Vice President
Tom Ollis – Treasurer
Linda Weber – Athlete Representative
Elaine Todd – Sport Technical Officer / Director at Large
Brendan Gaulin – Officer at Large
Amy Amantea – Director at Large
Yvonne Stewart – Director at Large
Ahmad Zeividavi – Director at Large

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


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
Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Multipurpose Room
5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9

Please read the full Notice of Meeting (click here) and download and review the additional documents for the meeting:

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Photo credit - Canadian Paralympic Committee 2016

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.

The rink is located in the Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, between Main and Cambie just off of 33rd Avenue, right next to Nat Bailey Stadium. There will be a group meeting at the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station to take the bus to the rink.

The regular blind curling practices are on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, beginning on October 5 until the end of March.

No prior curling experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided. The qualified coaches are experienced in teaching the technique of curling to blind/visually impaired athletes.

For more information about blind curling, or if you would like to RSVP for the open house and the skytrain meet up, please contact Carol Kent, carolkent@telus.net

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
Showcase Game: Red vs Yellow
Burnaby 8 Rinks - Rink # 5
6501 Sprott St. Burnaby, BC
Sunday, August 28th
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

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 partially sighted category Dave Ruckman of Nanaimo went undefeated to claim the gold, Arlene Stapleton of Victoria, assisted by Rosemary Waldie placed second and Al Hanet of Kelowna, assisted by Walter Becktold claimed third place.

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.
The winners will next compete in the national championships which will be held in Ladner, BC from September 12 to 18th, 2016.
Submitted by Donn Sherry.

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.
Fees are $35.00 per person + membership $5.00 for supporting member or $15.00 for athlete. You can pay either cash or cheque. Please make cheque payable to BC Blind Sports. This includes your equipment, coaching, rental of the boat, T-shirt, hat and registration into one festival.
We are registered for the Steveston Festival on Aug 20th. We practice every Saturday morning from 9am to 11am and practice rain or shine, at Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver. The only reason we won't practice is if it is not safe to be out in the water or if we do not have enough people to get in the boat.
- you won't need any! Dragon Zone has paddles and life jackets available for paddlers to use.
- it's a good idea to bring a hat and a water bottle, especially if it's a warm day. (and sunscreen if it's sunny!)
If you or someone you know is interested please contact BC Blind Sports at 604-325-8638 or email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca.


Volunteers needed for Beep Base Ball and Soccer for the Blind/visually impaired. The program has started and will run until late September 2016
When: Saturdays Time 2pm to 5pm
Place: Moody Park – New Westminster, BC
We are looking for three (3) to four (4) volunteers to help out with our Beep Base ball and Soccer program. This is a mix youth and adult program. Volunteers must be members with BC Blind Sports and have a Criminal Record check. Some knowledge in baseball would be an asset.
2 Umpires – 1 for rules and 1 to operate the base beacons.
2 field coaches, who can alternate as pitchers/catcher
2 base runner guide (guide runner) to get the blind player runner safely back to the dugout area.
Contact: BC Blind Sports at 604-325-8638 or email to susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

April 10 - 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week,

BC Blind Sports has been operating for 40 years. In this time we have and have had many fabulous volunteers who have given countless hours in coaching, being an official, and acting as a sport guide in running, swimming, cycling, lawn bowling and many more sports, both recreationally and competitively. We have had volunteers in the office, helping with programs such as Run for Light, our Gift Wrapping Booth at Oakridge, and serving on the board of directors.
From all of us at BC Blind Sports, THANK YOU for your dedication, passion and the impact you have made in the organization and the athletes we serve. You truly make a difference.

50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. Read more on our nominees - Darren Douma, finalist for the Athlete with a Disability award, and Michael Mizera for the Presidents Award. March 10, 2016, Vancouver Convention Centre East.


Collaborating toward a shared vision for infants, children, youth, and young adults who are blind, deafblind, or partially sighted, including those who have additional disabilities and their families.
Please join us in beautiful Vancouver, BC, May 5 through May 7, 2016, for the Seeing Beyond the Horizon Conference. The conference program is packed full of relevant and informative topics. There is something for everyone who enriches the lives of those who are blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind.
It will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 1A3
2016 Seeing Beyond the Horizon

2016 Skiing is Believing

Looking for a healthy sport to be part of your fitness regime? Are you a competitor? Join us for an introductory ski clinic on Sunday January 17th.
Details and registration info... (.pdf)

Sport BC's Presidents' Awards

March 12, 2015 - The 21st Annual Presidents’ Awards are presented annually to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to development of their sport or organization. Sport BC member organizations are eligible to recognize one volunteer per year.

This year our Presidents’ Award goes to Larry Walsh.
Larry Walsh started as a volunteer guide runner for his son Dustin , who is now a Paralympics athlete. Larry began on the board as a regional representative for the Lower Mainland. He has been a strong advocate for provisions of sport programs and physical literacy for not only the athletes but involving their families as well. Larry and his wife Jan have given countless hours supporting our members and staff, also participating in many events. He is another true example of how dedicated volunteers make our programs the success they are.

Larry Walsh, Presidents Award winner,
receives the award from Brian Cowie (right)


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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