MEMBERSHIPS ARE DUE NOW
As a reminder memberships are now due for the 2018/19 fiscal year. If you are planning to renew your membership please find attached a membership form. We now accept Credit Card and E-Transfer payments for membership and program fees. After this mail out we will only be sending out emails to current members in good standing. Please contact the office if you have any questions about memberships.
Try Ice Skating and Beep Kickball
BC Blind Sports and the Vancouver Eclipse blind hockey team invite you to try ice skating and beep kickball. All ages are welcome AND Pizza at the end.
When: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018
2018 LAWN BOWLS PROVINCIALS – NANAIMO, BC
Nanaimo will host the 2018 Lawn Bowls Provincials on July 30th and 31st, 2018. The games are all singles and each player will play all 4 games hopefully against 4 different opponents.
The games are to 21 points or 2 hours in length whichever come first. This is to prepare anyone who wishes to compete in the Nationals where the time limit is 3 hours. Read the full details...
Watch the video with ATW Vancouver's Grant Hardy who teams up with BC
Blind Sports to learn about the "rattle and bounce" of blind
All Access Dragon Boat Race
BCBSRA has been invited to have a dragon boat team in the All Access Cup Race being hosted by Dragon Zone and Concord Pacific. It is an opportunity for BC Blind Sports to raise funds for our programs. Our Team name is, Blind Sided, and it is a mix of members from each of our five teams across BC. Come out and cheer for our team and pledge support at dragonboatgala.com . More...
Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club
Blind Beginnings and BC Blind Sports are budding up together and starting Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club. We are in the beginning stages and putting the word out there to see who would be interested in piloting a tandem team and if there are any tandem bikes available for use.
We will be having a piloting training session on Sunday April 15, 2018.
We will put another request out for people who are interested in joining
the club and it will be on a sign up registered format.
Adult Fitness Classes
Starting Up This Weekend Saturday January 27th at 10am
Address: Collingwood Neighborhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver
schedule of dates, room and time.
“Come Try It” An Introduction to Blind Tennis
Here is an opportunity to come and try the adapted sport of “Blind
Tennis” Come try it and have some fun with BC Blind Sports at Pinetree
Community Centre. Come out and learn about blind tennis, all you need
to bring are your runners, comfy gym cloths and a waer bottle for yourself.
All the other equipment needed will be supplied.
Next is Monday January 29, 2018 – Start at 4:30pm
We will arrange a meet time at LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station for
those that may need assistants getting there.
BC Blind Sports Gift Wrapping Services
BC Blind and Recreation Association 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 Oakridge Shopping Centre bewteen November 24th to December 24th, 2017. Full details on how to volunteer.
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, October 21, 2017
For the full Notice of the AGM and related materials,
including the Call for Nominations please visit
the AGM webpage, or download:
Goalball Drop-In - Abbotsford
2017-2018 Goalball National Team Pool
Here is the list of athletes who have qualified for the 2017-2018 National Team Pool.
New All-Ages Blind Hockey Program in Langley
A new weekly all-ages Blind Hockey program begins September 17, 2017.
The program runs every Sunday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the National
Hockey Training Centre in Langley.
Blind Bowls National Championships
August 27, 2017 - The Nationals started today in St. Catharines, Ontario with 2 draws. There will be 2 draws each day. They have 3 groups of 3 and all will play a double round robin. The competition is singles with 1st person to 21 points or a 3 hour time limit.
Dave Ruckman won his 1st game against Robert White of New Brunswick 21
- 9. This is the first game that Mr. White has lost at the Nationals and
he has been attending for 10 years.
Aedan Staddon lost to Heather Hannett of Calgary 21 - 8. Aedan is the only B1 (totally blind) bowler in the competition so he will bowl his 4 games against partially sighted ladies.
Jean Jacobson is directing Dave, Roelie Roos is with Jay. Bill Roos is with Aedan and Don Hobbs from Chilliwack works with Al Hanet.
Tonight they will have the annual general meeting (BBAC) and a barbecue.
Aug 28 - Update
Dave Ruckman lost his game to Daniel Morris of Montreal 21 - 17. Daniel
recently won the silver medal in singles and a bronze in the mixed pairs
at the World Championships in Capetown.
Jay Gatley split his games today winning against Vivian Kwan of Edmonton and losing to Al Hanet out of Kelowna.
Aedan Staddon lost to Louse McLean from Ontario but I did not get the score.
Aug 29, 2017 correction and update:
Correction to Aug 27 - Dave Ruckman beat Robert White 21 -13 in his afternoon
At the AGM, Dave lost in the election for vice president to the incumbent Shirley Aherne. Daniel Morris was elected as the new president. He was team manager of our group that went to Cape Town and did an excellent job.
Blind Hockey Camp Feature Game
The fourth annual Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp returns
to Burnaby this week, with 25 players from across Canada taking part in
17 hours of on-ice training over five days.
To All BC Blind Sports Members: This summer BC Blind Sports is please
to offer, Summer Hockey, if you are interested in coming
out, watching, or possibly trying some hockey, and meet some of the players
in the Blind Sports Hockey program, here are some dates to keep in mind.
Donate to BC Blind Sports Dragon Boat Program
Please join us in supporting BC Blind Sports by pledging through the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival and our team Blind Sided team. You can pledge our Blind Sided team at: https://dragonboatgala.com/lite-ui/#pledges/show/2
Come join us cheer on Blind Sided in the Barrier Free Canada Cup at the east end of False Creek at Dragon Zone by the Creekside Community Centre on June 23 at 6:30pm, and please donate!
Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
June 21, 2017 - This weekend cheer on our Blind Sided team Friday night at 6:30pm, during the Barrier Free Cup, and all weekend support the Dragons in Sight team who start competing Saturday morning (approximately 10:12 am start time). They will progress through the festival based on race results.
Support BC Blind Sports
Make a Pledge through the Concord Pacific International Dragon Boat Festival
BC Blind Sports is participating in the first annual Barrier Free Canada
Cup to kick-off the Concord Pacific International Dragon Boat Festival
on June 23.
Come join us cheer on Blind Sided in the Barrier Free Canada Cup at the east end of False Creek at Dragon Zone by the Creekside Community Centre on June 23 at 6:30pm, and please donate! More...
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 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.
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.
2016/2017 Board of Directors
Brian Cowie – President
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Medallists: Goalball
Final Standings – Women
Final Standings: Men
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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