Insight Newsletter – January 2022

Table of Contents:
1. Annual General Meeting 2021
2. Goalball
3. Ice Hockey
4. Tennis
5. Active Living Network For Adults
6. Online Zoom Programs
7. In Person Fitness Classes
8. Return To Sport

1. 2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021/2022 Board Members:

President – Brian Cowie
Vice President – Elaine Todd
Treasurer – Tom Ollis
Athletes Representative – Amy Amantea
Officer at Large – Sean Heaslip
Director at Large – Bob Smith
Director at Large – Vern Short
Director at Large – Nancy Leung
Director at Large – Tami Grenon

2. Goalball

Practices for goalball are now continuing twice a week, Wednesday practices are for throwing techniques from 7:15pm to 8:15pm, and Sunday practices are full practices from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. With the new Provincial health orders you must sign in to the community Centre. If you are interested in coming out and trying goalball or want to participate and/or need further information on the protocol for attending practices please call the office and Mike will be happy to assist you. Practices are at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Community Centre, and you must show your Vaccine card when you enter their facility.

3. Ice Hockey

The Eclipse Blind Hockey Team continue to practise at the North Surrey Sports and Ice Center 10950 – 126-A Street, Surrey, near the Scott Road Sky-Train station. Our ice time is every Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm. We also continue to practice every other Friday next session is Friday Jan 28st at 11:45am at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster. As we keep our programs running with all Provincial Health orders in place, please contact the office to ensure you have the right information if you are unsure.

Hockey and Learn to Skate day – February 21st at Moody Park Arena, New Westminster. Time 11am to 12pm is free skate and 12pm to 1pm stay and watch the Eclipse play an exhibition game.

Members of the Eclipse hockey team has arranged this opportunity for those who want to come out and try skating or hockey, all levels welcome, skates and helmets are available, and there is no cost for this program. Please contact Mike at the office if you would like to join the fun or need any further information.

4. Tennis

Please note the schedule for tennis is now every Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm same location Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam.
Please be aware that everyone participating in Blind Tennis will have to present your vaccine card and ID every single time you come to play. This is the City of Coquitlam’s policy for every adult program. For more information, please contact Susan or Mike at the BC Blind Sports office.

5. Active Living Network for Adults

We had our first meeting of 2022, with new members joining us. We did some brainstorming talking about, new potential presenters, new topics of interest for future, and possible group get together. We had discussions on accessibility of various fitness trackers and phone apps. For our virtual walking venture, our accumulated kilometres are going to go toward hiking in Brazil, including the Amazon River and other well-known hiking sites, with some stops along the way to enjoy some good food and beverages.

We hope you will come join us from your own home on zoom or by phone. The only requirement is to be or become a member of BC Blind Sports. So please spread the word and join the conversation at our next get together on February 12 at 1:00pm. Just email Susan. or call the office at 604-325-8638.

Here’s, to a healthy and happy 2022,
Marilyn Rushton, Facilitator

6. Online Zoom Programs – Updated Schedule

Please see the full schedule of all our online classes below:
• Chair Yoga with Candice – Sundays 6pm and Thursdays 12pm noon
• Dragon Boat Fitness with Cindy – Monday 7pm and Tuesday 7pm
• Fitness with Brian – Wednesday 2pm and Thursdays at 7pm

7. In Person Fitness Classes

We have the go ahead to reopen in person fitness classes with restrictions.
Our Nanaimo class has started up again, with new protocols in place. We continue to work on opening a new in person class in Kelowna.
If you are interested, in either the Nanaimo class or Kelowna class, please contact the office and Susan will give you all the information you will need to join. There is no cost other than your membership to BC Blind Sports.

8. Return to Sport

For information on what you need to know to participate or how to register in any of these sports, please contact Mike Lonergan at the office 604-325-8638 or email him at and he will give you the details you need to get back in the game. Information on return to sport is also available on our website.

Stay safe, healthy and active
Jane, Mike, David, Susan and Linda