2022 BCBSRA AGM

The 2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association will be held:
At 7 p.m., on Tuesday December 13, 2022

The meeting will be held via teleconference and/or zoom. There will be no in person attendance.

Attending by telephone or zoom– Please let us know if you will be attending the meeting, and please also confirm which email to send the dial in or link information to.
We will circulate the dial in and link information closer to the meeting.

Not Attending – you may contact us if you wish us to note your regrets.

To RSVP regarding the AGM, or to request a copy of the Reports or other information, please contact the office as follows:

Email: susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca
Phone: 1 604 321-1638
Toll Free: 1 877 604 8638

Visit our website for updates on the AGM. The minutes of last year’s meeting and the Constitution and Bylaws are available from the office upon request.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 AGM. Thank you!

Susan M. Flanagan
Member Services Coordinator
BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association
#606 – 4980 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4K7

Volunteers Wanted !

Gift Wrapping Services at Tsawwassen Mills Mall

Dates: November 25th to December 24th, 2022
Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall at 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Tsawwassen

BC Blind Sports is looking for enthusiastic volunteers that like wrapping presents or organizing things. We will once again have the opportunity to raise funds for our programs and we would like to have you join us to help service the booth at Tsawwassen Mills Mall.

Volunteers will be responsible for wrapping presents, keeping track of the number of presents wrapped and taking in the donations. We need 2 to 3 volunteers for each shift. The shifts will be 4hours each, please see below for shift times.

Mondays to Saturdays:
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sundays:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

If you, someone you know, or if you have a group of people who would be interested, please contact Susan at email giftwrap@bcblindsports.bc.ca or by phone at 604-321-1638. We will then provide you with additional information on training sessions and shifts.

 

Nations Cup Berlin 2022

BC Blind Sports wishes all players good luck and safe travels. The Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Goalball Teams are in Germany this week to attend the 5th edition of the “Goalball Nations Cup Berlin”. 12 men´s and 8 women´s teams are competing in the event October, 7-9. The Live Stream can be found here Goalball Nations Cup.

The Women’s Team Roster includes:
• Brieann Baldock from Edmonton
• Whitney Bogart from Ottawa
• Amy Burk from Ottawa
• Meghan Mahon from Calgary
• Emma Reinke from Ottawa
• Maryam Salehizadeh from Vancouver

The Men’s Team Roster includes:
• Blair Nesbitt from Edmonton
• Brice Parker from London
• Doug Ripley from New Westminster
• Mason Smith from Halifax
• John Tee from Vancouver
• Ahmad Zeividavi from Vancouver

Staff:
• Adam Janssen High Performance Director
• Trent Farebrother Women’s Coach
• Nathalie Seguin Men’s Coach
• Chloe Gagnon Mental Performance
• Amy Stefaniuk Team Therapist

Insight Fall Newsletter 2022

Welcome to Fall 2022 !

Contents
Land Acknowledgement
1. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30
2. National Coaches Week – Sept 17th – 25th
3. Concussion Awareness Week Sept 26th to Oct 2nd
4. Green Sports Day Canada (October 6th)
5. Goalball
6. In-Person Fitness Classes
7. Online Programs
8. Celebration of Life for Don Steen, previous BC Blind Sports President
9. For more information:

Land Acknowledgement

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association (BC Blind Sports) is grateful to play, train, compete, and carry out activities throughout British Columbia, 95 percent of which is unceded First Nations traditional territory. BC Blind Sports representatives also honour the traditional lands and homelands of all indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities, as we travel, train, work, and compete on these lands.

The BC Blind Sports office is in the City of Burnaby which is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Halkomelem) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) speaking peoples. We are grateful for the opportunity to be on this territory.

1. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30

On September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadians were encouraged to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. Reconciliation is important to the sport, physical activity, and recreation community in BC, as part of that community, BC Blind Sports acknowledges this and recognizes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #87 and #91 which focus on Sport and public education.
Additional information on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (also known as Orange Shirt Day) can be found at this link.

2. National Coaches Week – Sept 17th – 25th

Coaches’ week has come and gone. However, while we celebrate our coaches all the time we are taking this opportunity to particularly celebrate the fantastic work our coaches do year round for our athletes across the province. Our coaches work hard to ensure not only fun, but great performance, being inclusive to all and ensuring the safety for all our members who are working with coaches. Thanks Coaches!

3. Concussion Awareness Week Sept 26th to Oct 2nd

“A concussion is a brain injury that can’t be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. It affects the way a person may think and remember things and can cause a variety of symptoms. Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that jars your head, could cause a concussion.” (from Parachute Canada 2022 10).

Resources on Concussion can be found at the following links:
Canadian Blind Sports Concussion and Vision Impairment Resources
• Coaching Association of Canada’s free NCCP Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series.
Concussion Awareness Training Tool for athletes, coaches, parents, and others from the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.

If you would like more information about concussions, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you. If you have any difficulty accessing any of these resources or links, please let us know.

4. Green Sports Day Canada (October 6th)

Sport organizations and athletes are becoming more aware of their environmental impact and October 6th is the first Green Sports Day in Canada. For more information about Green Sports Day and how your sport can be more environmentally responsible, please see the following link: Green Sports Day Canada (greensportsverts.ca)

5. Goalball

We are running practices on Sundays from 1pm to 4:30pm and Tuesday 7pm to 8pm. We welcome new players and are looking for volunteers to help with practices and coaching. National team testing is coming up in November for Men (along with a tournament in Halifax) and December for Women (in Calgary), for additional information contact the BC Blind Sports office.

6. In-Person Fitness Classes

We have two in-person classes running now and are working to have a third class up and running in Chilliwack. Our in-person programs are designed to help build on your goals of keeping active. The program will help with body movement, balance, strength, and endurance, set with your individual level in mind. All classes are for all adult members at any level of fitness Theses classes can be a regular class for you or drop in.

Come join us for the fitness and meet up with old friends and build new friends. If you are interested all you need to do is be a member with BC Blind Sports and register with Susan by emailing susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

The following in person classes are available:
Kelowna – classes with Cindy are 5pm to 6pm on Thursdays. Location – French Cultural Centre.

Nanaimo – classes with Brian class will start up on Monday October 17th from 3pm to 4pm. Location – Bowen Recreation Centre.

Chilliwack – In person Chair Yoga
We are now looking for a new Yoga/fitness instructor for the Chilliwack group. As soon as we have an instructor in place we will re open the program. In the meantime, Candice continues to do our online program.

To register for the classes or get additional information, please contact susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

7. Online Programs

We will be continuing our online programs as they have proven to be a wonderful success.

These programs have made it possible for those in remote and local areas to join in and be active. For some they are learning more about getting to know their bodies and their body movement and for some it’s about getting a workout and keeping active. Members have reconnected with old friends and created new friends.

If you would like to join in the fun contact Susan at the office at 604-325-8638 or email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Full Schedule – Online Classes:
• Chair Yoga with Candice – Sundays 6pm and Thursdays 12pm
• Dragon Boat Fitness with Cindy – Monday 7pm
• Fitness with Brian – Wednesday 2pm and Thursdays 7pm
• BC Blind Sports Active Living Network – Meets once every 4 to 5 weeks.

8. Celebration of Life for Don Steen, previous BC Blind Sports President

The celebration of Life for Don Steen will be held on Sunday October 30 starting at 1:00 p.m. at Burnaby South Secondary School at 5455 Rumble Street in Burnaby. There will be a service in the north gym followed by a reception in the cafeteria with light refreshments and an informal opportunity to share storied about Don.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at the following link:
https://www.eventcreate.com/e/don-steen-celebration-of-life
If you have any questions, please contact the BC Blind Sports office.

9. For more information:

For information on any of our programs and activities, please email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca or call the office at 604-325-8638 or 1-877-604-8638.

 

Insight Summer Newsletter July 2022

Contents

1. Happy Retirement Mike!
2. In Memory of Don Steen
3. Swimming at the BC Summer Games
4. “Discover Coquitlam Sports” features Blind Tennis
5. Dragon Boating
6. In-Person Fitness Classes
7. Online Programs Continue
8. For more information

Happy Retirement Mike!

Thank you, Mike Lonergan, for your 22 years of service to the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association as our Program Director!

Picture below of Mike at a goalball tournament.

In May 2000, Mike Lonergan joined the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association as our Program Director. Mike came to BC Blind Sports with a background as a teacher and a High Performance Athletics Coach. Mike’s first year with BC Blind Sports included our 20th Annual Run for Light, the BC Disability Games, the BC Summer Games and also saw BC Blind Sports host Lawnbowls and Athletics Nationals. Mike has helped build many programs and worked with numerous children, youth and adults on their ambitions to participate in sport and recreation programs. Mike worked to expand our sports programs, our work in the BC Education System through our Insight Program, our work with athletes and provincial teams in a number of sports and was involved in BC Blind Sports hosting a number of national championships. Mike traveled with teams to many national and international championships as well as with BC students to Space Camp in the USA and with Canadian Blind Sports to a few IBSA Games and to the 2012 Paralympic Games. He particularly enjoyed the time he spent travelling throughout BC working with athletes, participants, and students who are blind, supporting them in their own communities.

After 22 years with BC Blind Sports, Mike retired this summer. Mike will be missed by the many athletes, participants, students, volunteers, staff, and others who he worked with.

Picture below of Mike in the background at a sports day.

Mike says it was quite a journey, and he made many friends through his work. He indicated that there were many facets of his job and that made it very interesting. He enjoyed working with students, children, youth, adults and seniors in the various BC Blind Sports programs. He appreciated learning on the job about working with people who are blind or partially sighted and thanks everyone who supported him in his role.

To recognize and celebrate Mike’s amazing work with BC Blind Sports, BC Blind Sports held a virtual retirement party on Zoom on May 31. Thank you to the many members, colleagues, and supporters who joined us to celebrate Mike’s retirement. There were a lot of great stories told during the zoom session. If you missed the retirement party and wish to send Mike a message, we would be pleased to forward it to him. You can email messages for Mike to info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Mike will now take time to travel and spend more time with his family including his new granddaughter.

We wish Mike all the best for his retirement!

Picture below of Mike at a sports day

In Memory of Don Steen

The BC Blind Sports community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Don Steen. It is with great sadness, but also incredible admiration and respect, that we acknowledge the loss of Don Steen, a man recognized for his talents as an athlete, coach and builder of BC’s and Canada’s sport community. Don passed away peacefully at home with his wife Courtney at his side on the morning of July 25th, 2022. A consummate planner, Don somehow managed to schedule his departure from this world the day after the closing of the World Athletics Championships held at Hayward Field at his alma mater, the University of Oregon.

Picture below of Don Steen.

Don played numerous roles in sport in BC, nationally and internationally and served as an athletics coach and Athletics Commissioner with BC Blind Sports for many years, he also served as our President from 1998 through to 2000. Don was awarded the Sport BC President’s Award by BC Blind Sports in 2005 for his contribution to BC Blind Sports. Don was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 as a builder in Athletics. Here is a link to the write up.

Don Steen

A celebration of Life will be held at a later date, if you would like additional information please let us know by contacting info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Swimming at the BC Summer Games

Two of our members in the sport of swimming participated in the BC Summer Games held in Prince George from July 21 to 24. Nika Najafi, B2 / S12 and Jill Sloane B1/S11. They each swam in six events and participated in two exhibition 4 X 50 meter freestyle relays. Nika medaled in the 200 IM (individual medley including 4 strokes) placing 3rd for a Bronze medal and Jill swam in the 50m freestyle placing 2nd for a silver medal, the 100 m butterfly placing 3rd for a Bronze, and the 100m backstroke receiving a bronze medal. Nika and Jill also did personal best times in all of their events. Congratulation to you both!

We had excellent volunteers helping with tapping for the swimmers, Teresa Ngan, has been attending practices with Jill and Nika for the past eight month we were pleased to have her join us. We also had Barb Schuster from Victoria a retired Orientation & Mobility Specialist, and Denise and Drew Pederson, mother and daughter team from Prince George join us. Each swimmer requires two tappers, one at each end of the pool. Thank you to these volunteers for giving us their time and commitment to this past weekend to help out.

Picture below is of Teresa tapping Jill and Nika at the far end of the pool in their warmup session.

Picture below is of Denise is tapping Jill and Barb is tapping Nika at the starting end of the pool in their warm up session.

“Discover Coquitlam Sports” features Blind Tennis

On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1pm to 3pm at the North Field #6 in Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way I Coquitlam) come and discover what Coquitlam’s many sports organizations have to offer. Test your skills • Try out tennis as Kiyo our tennis coach will be there to show you the equipment and let you try out blind tennis. There will be many other new things to check out and you can also enjoy a free slushie!

For more information about tennis opportunities, please contact Susan at the BC Blind Sports office or on email at programs@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Dragon Boating

This season we had four dragon boat teams up and running, Fort Langley team Ex-Sighted, Sonar Dragons in Kelowna, and Dragons In Sight and Vision Impossible both in Vancouver.

Both Vancouver teams participated in the Concord Pacific Festival in June and came away with medals, Dragons In Sight winning a Bronze and Vision Impossible winning a Silver. Congratulations to both teams.

We will have a team in the Steveston Festival, August 20th and in the Fall Classic, September 24th, hosted by the Dragon Zone Paddling club. The Sonar team will participate in the Penticton Festival on Sept 10th. Our Fort Langley team is not doing any festivals this year but will stay active training on the water will be ready for next season.

In-Person Fitness Classes

Our in person programs are designed to help build on your goals of keeping active. The program will help with body movement, balance, strength and endurance with your individual level in mind. All classes are for all adult members at all levels of fitness Theses classes can be a regular class for you or a drop in. It is your choice.

Come Join us for the fitness and meet up with old friends and build new friends. If you are interested all you need to do is be a member with BC Blind Sports and register with Susan by emailing susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Kelowna Fitness

Our new in person class is now running in Kelowna, if you or someone you know in the Kelowna area might be interested in trying it out email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca or call the office at 1877-604-8638 and we will get you in touch with Cindy.

Cindy is excited to work with you and is looking forward to seeing how this exercise/training translates to helping you while having fun and keeping active. The classes are held on Thursday mornings. Cindy, is a certified fitness instructor with BCRPA, and is certificate in Health Coaching. She also does our on line dryland and fitness program on Monday evening, paddles (dragon boat) and helps coach the Sonar Dragon’s team in Kelowna

Chilliwack – In person Chair Yoga

We are now looking for a new Yoga/fitness instructor for the Chilliwack group as Candice has moved to Vancouver. As soon as we have an Instructor in place we will re open the program. In the mean time, Candice will continue to do our online program.

Nanaimo

In Person Fitness with Brian in Nanaimo is up and running at the Bowen Recreation Centre on Monday afternoons.

Please note that in person fitness schedules may change so please contact susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca if you are interested in joining

Online Programs Continue

We will be continuing our online programs as they have proven to be a wonderful success.

These programs have made it possible for those in remote and local areas to join in and be active. For some they are learning more about getting to know their bodies and their body movement and for some it’s about getting a workout and keeping active. Members have reconnected with old friends and created new friends.

If you would like to join in the fun contact Susan at the office at 604-325-8638 or email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Schedule – Online Classes:

Chair Yoga with Candice – Sundays and Thursdays
Dragon Boat Fitness with Cindy – Monday evening
Fitness with Brian – Wednesday afternoon and Thursdays evening
BC Blind Sports Active Living Network – Meets once every 4 to 5 weeks.

For more information:

For information on any of our programs, please email programs@bcblindsports.bc.ca or call the office at 604-325-8638 or 1-877-604-8638.

Jane, David, Linda and Susan
BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association

Try Blind Hockey program 2022

The Vancouver / Surrey Try Blind Hockey program will return on Sunday, February 20, at the North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex from 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm.

This Canadian Blind Hockey program is run in partnership with BC Blind Sports and the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team. It is 100% free and is open to all local children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted. All equipment will be provided as well as volunteers from the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team to ensure a safe and fun experience. To register please fill out this google form: Click Here to Register for the Vancouver Try Skating and Blind Hockey Session

Canadian Blind Hockey currently runs children and youth Blind Hockey programs in Toronto, Brantford and Ottawa, and supports all-ages programs in Calgary, Halifax, New Brunswick and St John’s. We are pleased to now offer ongoing children and youth programming in the lower mainland. The North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex is located only a quick walk from the Scott Road Skytrain Station

Vancouver / Surrey Try Skating and Blind Hockey Program
North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex
10950 126A St, Surrey, BC

Sunday Feb 20
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Arrival – Gear Up! Skates + Equipment
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Try Skating & Blind Hockey with the Vancouver Eclipse

Download the Canadian Blind Hockey waiver and media release – if possible, please fill out and bring to the program. Staff will be on site with waivers for participants’ whose parents / guardians are present or who are adults.

In addition, BCBSRA will be running a Family 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.

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. susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca 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 mike@bcblindsports.bc.ca 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

Insight Newsletter – December 2021

Seasons Greetings to all our Members and Supporters!

Table of Contents
1. Annual General Meeting (AGM) Reminder
2. Programs
3. Skating – try Skating and Blind Hockey in Vancouver / Surrey
4. Congratulations to the Vancouver Goalball Club!
5. Office Hours during the Holidays

1. Annual General Meeting (AGM) Reminder

Our AGM will be held on Saturday December 18th at 10:00 a.m.
The meeting will be via teleconference and/or zoom. There will be no in person attendance due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Those attending the AGM will receive the materials and Zoom link information in a separate email from susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca If you have not registered but wish to do so, please contact Susan.

If you are not attending but would like to receive the report, audited statement, or minutes from 2020, or would like to have your regrets noted, please contact Susan by email susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca .

2. Programs

Please note that there will be no programs from December 24th through to January 4th. Please check with the office for all details on program schedule and times.

3. Skating – try Skating and Blind Hockey in Vancouver / Surrey

Canadian Blind Hockey and BC Blind Sports have partnered to bring the first Children and Youth Blind Hockey Program to BC. The program takes place on a monthly basis for the rest of the season, with ice times and dates shown below. The program takes place at the North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex.

Canadian Blind Hockey are pleased to now offer ongoing children and youth programming in the lower mainland. The North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex is located only a quick walk from the Scott Road Skytrain Station

It is 100% free and is open to all local children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted. All equipment will be provided as well as volunteers from the BC Blind Sports Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team to ensure a safe and fun experience. To register please fill out this google form: Click Here to Register for the Vancouver Try Skating and Blind Hockey Session

Lower Mainland Try Skating and Blind Hockey Details:

Location: North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex. 10950 126A St, Surrey, BC
Dates: Sunday Dec 19, Jan 9, Feb 20, March TBD

Times:
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Arrival – Gear Up! Skates + Equipment
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Try Skating & Blind Hockey with the Vancouver Eclipse

Skates will be supplied

Please contact the office for registration material

4. Congratulations to the Vancouver Goalball Club!

The Vancouver Goalball Club (VGC) have just returned from competing in Lisbon, Portugal at the First Goalball Clubs World Cup 2021, held November 24-27, 2021.

BC Blind Sports members Doug Ripley, John Tee and Ahmad Zeividavi, competed on the VGC team. Lisa Odland was there as an Assistant Coach.

There were six teams in total. VGC played against the Quebec Club team for the Bronze medal. Congratulation to VGC for their win November 27, 2021 in the Bronze medal game,

5. Office Hours during the Holidays

Please note that the office will close on December 27th and 28th, and there will be reduced hours on the 29th, 30th and 31st. The office will reopen on January 4, 2022.

We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Jane, Mike, David, Susan and Linda
BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association

Notice of the BCBSRA AGM

Notice of the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association
Annual General Meeting and
Important Voting Information

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association will be held:

At 10:00 a.m., on Saturday December 18, 2021

The meeting will be held via teleconference and/or zoom. There will be no in person attendance due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Attending by telephone or zoom– Please let us know if you will be attending the meeting, and please also confirm which email to send the dial in or link information to.
• We will circulate the dial in and link information closer to the meeting.
• To vote in the election (if applicable) – you may do so by submitting a ballot ahead of the meeting, or by email or through zoom during the meeting. Instructions will follow once nominations close.

Not Attending – you may contact us if you wish us to note your regrets.
• You may still vote in the election (if applicable), by submitting a ballot ahead of the meeting. Instructions will follow once nominations close. Please notify the office if you wish to do this and include an email address to which we can send the information and ballot.

A Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors is attached, the deadline for nominations is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday December 9, 2021. A report from the Nominating Committee (along with any applicable ballots) will be circulated to members prior to the meeting by email; and by fax or by mail to those who request it (please contact us as noted below to request fax or mail).

To RSVP regarding the AGM, or to request a copy of the Nominating Committee report or other information via mail or fax, please contact the office as follows:

Email: susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca
Phone: 1 604 321-1638
Toll Free: 1 877 604 8638

The minutes of last year’s meeting and the Constitution and Bylaws are available from the office upon request.

We look forward to your participation in the 2021 AGM. Thank you!

 

Insight Newsletter – October 2021

Table of Contents

  1. BC Blind Sports Athlete to be inducted into the BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME – JASON DELESALLE
  2. DRAGON BOAT 2021
  3. GOALBALL
  4. ICE HOCKEY – New location and schedule
  5. TENNIS
  6. ACTIVE LIVING NETWORK FOR ADULTS
  7. ONLINE ZOOM PROGRAMS – UPDATED SCHEDULE
  8. IN PERSON FITNESS CLASSES
  9. RETURN TO SPORT
  10. IN MEMERORY OF SHIRLEY SHELBY
  11. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A CONCUSSION?
  12. HAPPY AUTUMN

As many facilities and programs are requiring vaccine passports or other COVID protocols please check with us at the office about these requirements before starting any program.

1. BC Blind Sports Athlete to be inducted into the BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME – JASON DELESALLE

Congratulations to Jason Delesalle – Para Athletics! Jason has been selected for induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, class of 2021, as an athlete. Jason began his passion for athletics in high school in Tumbler Ridge BC. He then became involved with BC Blind Sports where he met his coach Don Steen. Through his hard work, commitment and working with Don he began competing internationally in 1990 at the World Youth Games where he won a silver medal in Javelin. He went on to compete at three Paralympic Games winning a silver medal in 1992 Barcelona, and a gold and bronze in 1996 Atlanta. He also competed and won medals at four world championships, ending with a Bronze in Discus at the IBSA World Games in Quebec City in 2003. Jason won numerous medals in Javelin, Discus and Pentathlon in all levels of competition. Today Jason continues his passion for athletics by coaching at the Royal City Track and Field Club in New Westminster, BC

Jason Delesalle throwing the discus
Photo showing Jason DeleSalle throwing discus from a throwing circle into a large grassy field.

https://bcsportshall.com/2021/10/07/announcement-day-bc-sports-hall-of-fame-reveals-class-of-2021-selections/

https://www.paralympic.org/jason-delesalle

Congratulations Jason!

2. DRAGON BOAT 2021

Congratulations to everyone for a great season of Dragon Boating. Two of our 5 dragon boat teams were able to return to training and competition this summer. Dragons Insight and Vision Impossible returned facing the challenges of COVID protocols, and made it work with ease and no fuss.

An article written by Dragon Boat volunteer Paul Mak:

The morning sun rose over False Creek. It was a beautiful Race Day, sunny with patches of cloud  and not too hot. Thousand of spectators and the dragon boat teams converged onto the race site for a day of exciting races.

The two BC Blind Sports teams (Dragons Insight and Vision Impossible) gathered around their tents, visibly excited, smiling, chatting and ready. The last few weeks of training had invigorated them from the relative inactivity of the past year. Everyone, the old and the new paddlers alike, could not wait to jump onto the boat and start paddling.

Race after race, they resolved to work hard and were determined to give it their all. Strong in the competition, both teams – Dragons Insight and Vision Impossible – reached, pulled and stroked their way to the finish line every race. Well done, paddlers, steers and callers who worked hard. We are so proud of you. Have a well-deserved break, we’ll see you next season.

Reminder – If you want to stay fit during the off season – check out the information below about the twice weekly virtual dragon boat fitness sessions.

3. 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. If you are interested in coming out and trying goalball or wanting to volunteer please contact Mike at the office and he will give you the information you need. Practices are at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Community Centre, and you must show your Vaccine card when you enter their facility.

4. ICE HOCKEY – New location and schedule.

The Eclipse Blind Hockey Team has a new training and a new ice time! We are now at the new accessible facility, the North Surrey Sports and Ice Center near the Scott Road Sky-Train station. Our ice time is every Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm with the exceptions of a couple of dates.

We also continue to practice every other Friday at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster. If you are interested in trying blind hockey, learning to skate, or just to come watch us play, please contact Graham at gfoxcroft11@gmail.com for more information!

Our New Training Venue: North Surrey Sports and Ice Center
10950 – 126-A Street, Surrey, B.C. V3V 0E5

Day and time: Every Sunday 4:45pm-5:45pm

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the ice!

5. 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.

6. ACTIVE LIVING NETWORK FOR ADULTS

The BC Active Living Network program provided by BC Blind Sports is back in action after the long, hot summer! The purpose of this dynamic group of individuals is to encourage and motivate each other to enjoy a more active lifestyle. Along with contributing to the weekly totals of our combined steps and kilometres, we meet every few weeks on Zoom for presentations on health and wellness topics chosen by group members. Here is a summary of the last two meetings and a sneak peek into the future:

  • On August 16, BC Blind Sports Executive Director, Jane Blaine gave an informative presentation on Body Awareness. Jane explained the relationships between various bones, muscles, and joints, and helped us to understand common terms often illustrated only as pictures. Jane also answered many questions put forward by group members.
  • On October 5, Physiotherapist Derek Monkman gave a great talk on hiking skills. Derek explained that good balance is key to staying safe on unfamiliar or uneven terrain and introduced us to several exercises for improving balance. Derek has since created a great document describing these exercises so we can practice them on our own time.

Here is what is on tap for upcoming meetings, dates, and times still to be determined:

  • Jane Blaine has offered to share her experience at the recent Tokyo Paralympic Games, and will be distributing a “cheat sheet” on her Body Awareness presentation.
  • Derek Monkman has offered to chat with us again about balance, fall prevention, and any other topics of interest.
  • A presentation by a respirologist on better breathing techniques is in the planning stages.
  • When COVID protocols allow, Jane has offered to lead us in an in-person session where group members will have an opportunity to touch a plastic skeleton to understand more about joints, muscles, and bones.

Throughout the autumn and winter, we will be applying our accumulated kilometres to a walking tour across our beautiful country, learning more about the provinces and places along our route through members’ experiences and research. We started in BC and have walked almost 6,500 kilometres since May, and we will attempt to determine our current location at our November meeting.

If you enjoy being active, have ideas to share, and wish to learn more about health and wellness, this group is for you!

If you would like to sign up, contact Susan at susan@bcblindsports.ca

7. ONLINE ZOOM PROGRAMS – UPDATED SCHEDULE

The time for the Dragon Boat Fitness training on Monday nights has been changed, it will now start at 7pm and run until 8pm. 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 9:30am
· Fitness with Brian – Wednesday 2pm and Thursdays at 7pm

8. IN PERSON FITNESS CLASSES

We are re opening our in-person fitness classes with Brian in Nanaimo, the classes will be held at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling club, we hope to have this program starting in November.

We are in the process of opening a light fitness class in the Kelowna area starting in November. If you are interested, 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.

9. 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 mike@bcblindsports.bc.ca 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.

10. IN MEMORY OF SHIRLEY SHELBY

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley Shelby on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021. Shirley was Ontario Blind Sports Association’s (OBSA) past president and an iconic figure in the world of blind sports.

11. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A CONCUSSION?

If you have experienced a concussion, please help Canadian Blind Sports out with their research into concussions in athletes who are blind or partially sighted.

The Concussion in Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes research project is looking for participants to complete an online, anonymous survey on concussion and vision impairments. Eligible participants are athletes or retired athletes diagnosed with a vision impairment or blindness currently competing or have competed in the provincial, national, or high-performance level who have sustained at least one concussion. This research is being conducted to progress knowledge and understanding of how athletes who are blind or visually impaired experience concussion.

The deadline for survey submission is November 1, 2021.

Before starting the survey, please read the recruitment letter and information letter. Prior to the survey, the link below contains an online consent form that must be completed before starting the survey.

Link to online consent form and Survey: https://quark.uwaterloo.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=CENEJKJW3X

12. HAPPY AUTUMN

With Autumn upon us, we hope you stay safe and enjoy all your activities whether they are indoors or outdoors.

Stay safe, healthy and active

Jane, Mike, David, Susan and Linda
BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association
#606 – 4980 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4K7
Tel: 604-325-8638 Toll Free: 1-877-604-8638
Fax: 604-325-1638
Email: susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca
Web Site: www.bcblindsports.bc.ca
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