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Victoria Dragon Boat Opportunity
Are you interested in dragon boating? We are in the process of organizing a blind/visually impaired dragon boat team based in the Victoria area for the 2013 season. There is room for sighted volunteers and blind/visually impaired paddlers. All paddlers must be members of BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association.
Dragon boating is a wonderful way for blind/visually impaired paddlers to get to experience the pleasure of being out on the water. As well, it's a great way to get exercise, meet new friends, and, for those with a competitive streak, try and win!
Participating in the team will involve attending practices (approximately 12-14), the Gorge dragon boat festival, and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival (held in August). Practices will likely begin in May or early June.
There is no experience necessary, as all training will be provided. All ability levels are welcome.
If you are interested in joining the Victoria blind/visually impaired dragon boat team for the 2013 season, or for additional information, please contact us by October 17, 2012 by email or phone. Please indicate if you would be a sighted paddler or a blind/visually impaired paddler.
Susan M. Flanagan
Michael Edgson Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame
BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association is pleased to announce our successful nomination of Michael Edgson into the BC Sports Hall of Fame - Michael was inducted on September 20, 2012. More...
Official Opening of Accessible Trail in Qualicum Bay
June 23, 2012 at Lioness Blvd Trailhead, 10:00 a.m.
Run for Light 2012
The 32nd annual Run for Light Fun Run took place on Friday May 25th 2012 in Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch. Hundreds of runners and walkers came out on a beautiful Friday night and looked great with their glow in the dark t-shirts and glow sticks. Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, and community sponsors who make this event a success year after year.
2012 Spring Lawn Bowls Tournaments.
The dates have been set for this Spring’s Lawn
Please call the office at 604-325-8638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in these tournaments.
London Disability Challenge - Para -test Event
Men’s T11-13 4x100m team (Johnson, Dolfo, Walsh
and King) finish 2nd with huge personal best of 45.13 seconds at
the London Disability Challenge. (They were 4th last year at worlds
with 46.44) Their time of 45.13 would be the 4th best time in the
last couple of years behind Russia, Brasil and Portugal...
Low Impact Fitness Program for Seniors
A 10 week program held at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House located at 5288 Joyce Street in Vancouver. The program runs every Monday night from 5:45 to 7:00pm. (The program is for seniors, but not restricted to seniors)
It is a low impact fitness class, designed to focus on developing good balance and strength.
You must be a member of BC Blind Sports to participate. The only cost is your membership to BC Blind Sports.
If you would like more information or wish to register, please contact our provincial office at 604-325-8638 or email us at email@example.com. The program started April 30th, but there is still room.
Goalball Results: National Championships
Congratulations to all the teams who participated.
Senior Goalball Nationals were held April 20-22 in Vancouver.
Junior Goalball Nationals - Brantford, ON., April 13-15th.
Remember that to join (or re-join) the British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association, just complete the printable membership form and mail to our office with your cheque. For more details about membership, click here. The membership year starts April 1st. We look forward to hearing from you.
Michael Edgson Selected to be Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame
Michael Edgson achieved a dream when he won multiple
gold medals and established new World Records in competitions on
the World stage at a number of International Swim Competitions.
These accomplishments led to him being named BC Disabled Athlete
of the Year on three occasions and to him being a finalist for the
Canadian Athlete of the Year award in 1992.
Jason Delesalle Inducted into Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame
A Burnaby Central Secondary grad Jason won the gold medal in the penthalon at the 1996 Paralympic Games, setting a Games record 3.050 points. Also won bronze medal in discus at same Games. Silver medalist in javelin at 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. At the 1990 International Blind Sports World Youth Games he won silver medals in the 100 and 200 metres and long jump. Between 1992 and 2003 won multipule national championships. Jason is both the BC and Canadian record holder in the pentathlon for visually impaired men and a past recipient of BC Athletics Physically Disabled Athlete of the Year. Full bio...
Vision Impossible (VI) is returning
for a second season of Dragon Boating! VI is a novice dragon boat
team with a 50/50 split of sighted and visually impaired paddlers.
The team is once again participating in Rio Tinto Alcan and are
looking for members to join. If you are looking to try a new sport
and meet new people this is the place to be. We will begin practicing
March 24th and will have 8-9 practices before we
race at the Rio Tinto Alcan festival June 16/17 2012.
Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards
BC Blind Sports was proud to nominate the following
to the annual awards as they all had excellent performance and dedication
to our programs.
Ljiljana Ljubisic and Michael Edgson Named to Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame
Oct. 4, 2011 - The Canadian Paralympic Committee announced the selection of Ljiljana (Lilo) Ljubisic, Clayton Gerein, Michael Edgson, Dr. Earl Church and Senator Joyce Fairbairn to the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame. More...
Dolfo Wins Bronze Medal at Parapan American Games
November 16, 2011 - Braedon Dolfo broke his own Canadian 100m (T13) record set yesterday in winning the bronze medal in today's 100 meter final. The time of 11.34 is also a London 2012 Paralympic Games "A" qualifying standard mark. Dolfo is scheduled to run the 200 meters heats on Thursday at 1:20pm Pacific.
Eye of the Dragon Open Boat 2011
Eye of the Dragon is hosting a free clinic on Sunday
25th September 2011, 12.30 - 2.30pm at the Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver.
If you are interested in attending please contact Adele Piroshco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 839 6956. Numbers are required prior to the event so sufficient boats and volunteers are available. For more details, click here.
Curling in Vancouver
The Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired Curling Club is looking for new curlers - no experience necessary. The group meets every Wednesday at the Vancouver Curling Club at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (in Hillcrest Olympic/Paralympic Centre near Nat Bailey Stadium) from 12 noon – 2 p.m. The first session will take place on September 28th.
Blind or visually impaired adults of all ages are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Carol Kent (604-266-9656; email@example.com) or B.C. Blind Sports (604-325-8638).
Bruce Gilmour Receives the City of Vancouver's Access & Inclusion Award 2011
BC Blind Sports was pleased to nominate Bruce Gilmour for his contribution to Access & Inclusion for people with disabilities.
His many volunteer board affiliations have been at the national, provincial, regional, and local levels across many sectors. In particular, Bruce has significantly contributed to the development of both the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association and the Canadian Blind Sports Association. Bruce has served on both boards as vice-president. He is a long standing spokesperson and promoter for sport and recreation for people who are blind. More...
Run for Light 2011
On behalf of BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association we thank you for coming out to celebrate our 31st annual Run For Light fun run. Your enthusiasm, dedication, arid hard work made our Run a great success.
As a sponsor, participant, and to all those who volunteered your participation was why we were able to bring more awareness of our Association’s dedication to facilitating participation and encouragement of achievement in recreation and sport for British Columbians who are blind/ visually impaired, or deaf/blind.
Again from the Board of Director, Members and Staff,
thank for your donations and/or coming out in support of BC Blind
Sports. We look forward to having you join us next year as we celebrate
our 32nd annual Run for Light fun run in May of 2012.
BC Captures 2 Medals at National Goalball Championships
Congratulations to the BC Goalball teams who both captured medals at the Canadian National Goalball Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia. The BC men beat Quebec 9 – 2 to win their second straight Championship, while the BC women defeated the Ontario Deuces 3 - 2 in the bronze medal game. Congratulations.
BC Women Win CBSA Junior National Goalball Championships
April 21, 2011 - The BCBSRA junior women defeated Alberta to win the gold medal at the CBSA Junior National Goalball Championships in Brantford, Ontario this past weekend. The Ontario women finished third, and New Brunswick was fourth.
Dragon Boat Results - Deep Cove Charity Race
April 16, 2011 - It was a great day although absolutely freezing. Deep Cove is a great introduction to the race season as the races are only a 200m event. Awesome sprint racing. There were some great teams present and I'm personally proud of the teams efforts.
Eye of the Dragon had a great day with some great results to show for the fun we had. In all there were 40 teams competing on the day, 23 of them mixed teams. Eye of the Dragon placed 8th out of the 23 mixed teams. Download a pdf of the Eye of the Dragon race results, click here. by Adele Piroshco.
Canadian Women Win Goalball Gold at IBSA Worlds
The Canadian women's team won the gold medal, defeating Finland 3 to 2 at the IBSA World Championships in Turkey. In men's play, the Canadians won the bronze medal, defeating Belgium 7 to 6. Both Canadian Goalball teams have now qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England.
Madeline Sherry Volunteer of the Year Award Winner
BCBSRA extends their congratulations to Madeleine
Sherry on her selection as Volunteer of the Year in the Inaugural
Women in Sport Awards presented by the Pacific Institute for Sport
IBSA World Championships and Games - Canadian Goalball Teams in Action!
(April 3rd, 2011 – Antalya, Turkey) The opening ceremonies of the 4th IBSA World Championships and Games are finished and the events set to start beginning with Goalball tomorrow, Monday April 4th. Both the Canadian men’s and women’s national Goalball teams will be in action throughout the week as they vie for a gold medal and attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England.
In day 1 action, Canada defeated Thailand 12-7 and
also won over Australia 6-4 in men's play. The women's team defeated
Australia 6 -3.
Winter 2011 Insight Newsletter Available
The Winter edition of the BCBSRA Insight Newsletter is here, including articles about our Sport BC President's Award winner George Vernon, the upcoming Run for Light fun run in May, a new opportunity in Athletics, updates on Lawn Bowling and Dragon Boating, and more. Available in Adobe pdf, click here or Microsoft Word, click here.
Braedon Wins Bronze Medal in High Jump
B.C.'s Braedon Dolfo won the bronze
medal at the IPC World Athletic Championships with a jump of 1.83
metres, establishing a new Canadian record in the process. The winner
was world record holder Ihar Fartunau of Belarus in a jump of 1.92.
IPC Athletics: 4x100m Relay Qualifies for Final
The Canadian 4x100 metre relay team has qualified for the final at the IPC Worlds in Christchurch, New Zealand. They will race in the final on Wednesday night (9:30pm BC time) against Portugal, Russia, and Spain.
B.C.'s Braedon Dolfo is a member of the Men's 4x100m team and then on Thursday he competes in Men's High Jump.
Curling in 100 Mile House, BC - History
Following many months of administration preparation, the CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter White Cane Club is pleased to announce the formation of a first time ever blind curling team in the South Cariboo. With the support of the 100 Mile House Curling Club and the West Coast Blind Curling Association (WCBCA), seven visually impaired members, as well as three sighted, have taken to the ice. More...
2011 Paralympic World Athletics Championships
More than 1,000 athletes from 70 countries will be
competing in Christchurch, New Zealand, in what is the last major
international gathering of paralympic track and field athletes before
London 2012. More information can be found at:
Follow Langley B.C.'s Braedon Dolfo as he competes in the Men's 4x100m and Men's High Jump.
The International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) online TV channel www.ParalympicSport.TV will be broadcasting live coverage from Christchurch, New Zealand starting with the opening ceremonies Friday, January 21st. Live coverage will be from 6pm-10pm Pacific, although not all events will be part of the live coverage.
Brandon's events are scheduled for:
2009 CBSA National Lawn Bowls Championships
BC bowlers win Men's B1, B2 and B3 Men's titles, Women take silver in B2 and B3
BC’s Randy Fred successfully defended his National Title from 2008 in the B1 totally blind class. Randy capped off an undefeated tournament by beating Geoff Connor of Alberta by a score of 21 – 8, while Calgary’s Brian McIvor won the bronze.
In the men’s B2 partially sighted class, last year’s silver medallist Ken Wahl from BC won the gold medal as he was uncontested. Ken played exhibition games throughout the preliminary double-round-robin portion of the event in the B3 class.
In the men’s B3 legally blind class, BC’s Al Hanet defended his 2008 National Championship Title by beating newcomer Bob Smith from Calgary 21 – 14.
The final game of the women’s B2 partially sighted class was one of the more exciting of the event as the players were tied at 17 points each when the 3 hour time limit expired and had to play an extra tie-breaker end. Calgary’s Heather Hannett beat last year’s champion Iris Ferguson from BC by a score of 18 – 17 in the extra end with bowls so close they had to measure to determine the winner.
In the women’s B3 legally blind classification,
last year’s champion Arlene Stapleton from BC was upset in
the finals by Ontario’s Nel DeBruyn.
Summer 2009 Newsletter
The 2009 Summer newsletter is now available in .pdf or as a word document. It includes results for several sports, plans for upcoming events and more. To download the pdf, click here. To download the word document, click here.
Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Edgson -2009
Long time BC Blind Sports member and Paralympic swimmer, Michael Edgson has been inducted into the Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame. Michael began his swimming career in Nanaimo. More...
IBSA Pan American Games / IBSA World Youth and Student Championships
Competition update – Day 4
Competition Update – Midway Through Day 2
Official IBSA Showdown Rules for 2009-2012
2009 Run for Light:
The 29th annual Run for Light Fun Run was held on
Friday, May 29, 2009 in Stanley Park. What a great night for the
Run, we had great weather for the approximately 1000 participants.
What better way to spend a Friday evening than by the ocean supporting
BC Blind Sports!
BC Junior Goalball Teams win Gold/ Bronze at Nationals
The BC junior men's goalball team won the gold medal defeating Ontario, giving BC its first gold medal in Junior Goalball Nationals. The junior women's team finished third. after losing to Alberta in the semi-final, 2 - 1. More...
4 BC Goalball players named to CBSA National/ Development Team Pools
CBSA has announced the 2009 National Men's and Women's
National Team pools, and Development Team pools, and 6 BC athletes
have been identified.
2009 BCBSRA Insight Newsletter
The Winter edition of Insight is now available as a downloadable pdf. To download, click here.
2009 Island Open
Randy Kruzeniski followed up his 2 world titles at Karate Super Grands 2008 in December with 3 silver medals at the Island Open in Victoria, B.C. More...
BC Blind Sports is sad to announce the sudden passing of Tom Cowper, a cherished volunteer of BC Blind Sports who will be deeply missed. Tom was instrumental in winning the bid that brought both the 2008 Canadian Blind Sports National Goalball Championships and the upcoming 2009 Canadian Blind Sports Junior Goalball Championships to Kelowna, where he ran a Junior Goalball program. He was a lead organizer of last year’s games, and helped make the event so successful. Tom recently was awarded the BC Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) Jay Wadsworth Chapter Award for his tireless efforts. Demonstrating how dedicated Tom was to the blind sports movement, his family has asked that instead of flowers people who wish to pay tribute send a donation to the BC Blind Sports Goalball Program. Thank you Tom, you will be missed by all. Obituary
Western Canada Martial Arts Tournament
Randy Kruzeniski participated in the Western Canada Martial Arts Tournament, held at BCIT, October 18, 2008.
Entered in four events in Karate forms and Kobudo forms (traditional weapons), he won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze for the day.
The next stop is the Super World Grands in Sacramento in December of this year. Randy says it's been a rewarding 2008 in the martial arts area having picked up 9 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze in four tournaments. However the biggest challenge will come in Sacramento in December.
Get set BC: The 2008 Canadian National Goalball Championships will be held in your backyard!
For the first time ever the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association will proudly host the Canadian Blind Sports Association’s National Goalball Championships, between March 15th and 17th in Kelowna, BC. All of the best Goalball players from across Canada will compete in both men’s and women’s competition for the opportunity to be called the best in the Nation. More...
BC Athlete Assistance Program 2007-2008
BC Blind Sports is accepting applications for support
from the BC Athlete Assistance Program (BC AAP)
28th Annual Run for Light
Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park
2008 PREMIER'S ATHLETIC AWARDS
Premier Gordon Campbell paid tribute to 99 top BC athletes representing 56 sport disciplines at the 2008 Premier’s Athletic Awards on February 11 2008. Doug Ripley and Shawn Marsolais were selected by BC Blind Sports as the top male and female athletes in the sport of goalball. More details on the Awards page.
42nd ANNUAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS AND BANQUET
BC Blind Sports is pleased to present Doug Stoutley with the 2008 President’s Award. Doug Stoutley is a tireless ambassador in the field of sport and recreation for individuals who are blind. More details on the Awards page.
Huot, Grand'Maison and Tildesley Shine for Canada at Swimming Meet
May 28, 2007 - Berlin, Germany - Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver and Benoit Huot and Valerie Grand’Maison, both Montreal, earned two first place finishes in their respective categories on Saturday at the German International Championships for swimmers with a disability. More...
Unity of purpose: A tie that binds
re-printed with permission
As Steve Walters and Dustin Walsh accelerate together toward the 2008 Paralympics -- Walters the guide for a blind Walsh -- their unity of purpose extends beyond the confines of a 400-metre oval track
They are connected by a skate lace because they love hockey and they're Canadian and it's long enough to allow for the unforeseen.
Steve Walters lays the lace across his right palm, then wraps the slack around his hand after making two small loops that he wordlessly offers Dustin Walsh, who accepts them by feel with the middle and index fingers of his left hand. When they are ready, the runners are separated by only an inch of string, a tiny bridge compared to the great thing that also separates them.
Walters can see. Walsh is blind. More...
2007 Sport BC President's Award
March 14, 2007 - BC Blind Sports was pleased to present Al and Vi Hanet with the Sport BC President’s Award at the 41st annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards banquet on March 14 at the Hyatt Regency.
Both Al and Vi are being recognized for their many years of support to the lawn bowling program and for promoting BC Blind Sports.
BC Blind Sports board member, Tami Grenon, will also be a President’s Award recipient. Tami was selected by BC Disability Sports to receive the Sport BC President’s Award.
2007 Premier's Athletic Awards
February 12, 2007 - Congratulations to BC Blind Sports athletes Shawn Marsolais and Brian Cowie, who were recipients of Premier’s Athletic Awards at a luncheon on February 12, 2007. Both Shawn and Brian are Paralympic athletes in tandem cycling.
Mike Lonergan inducted into Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame
Mike Lonergan, Program Director at BC Blind Sports, has been inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony for 2006 Inductees. Mike was recognized in the coach category.
BCBSRA Announces the Creation of the The Early Intervention Healthy Active Lifestyle Resource Kit and DVD for Parents of Children who are blind, visually-impaired, deafblind and may have additional disabilities.
Coming this fall 2007
BCBSRA Fall 2006 Insight Newsletter
now available online. Please click
|2005 Index to Stories|
|2005 International Blind Bowls
We are pleased to have four bowlers (athletes) and their directors who are among the fifteen members of the Canadian Team. March 31, 2005 More...
|2004 Index to Stories|
CBSA on the move
The Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA) office has moved
to Vancouver. Their new address is: #325 - 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver
BC, Canada V5R 6B2
|Goalball:A sport for blind people
Canadian women do not just dominate hockey. More...
|Teaching to Diversity
The new BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) web page "Teaching to Diversity" is now live on the BCTF web site. This web page is an effort to improve teachers' access to information and resources, professional development information, links to community organizations etc. BCTF web site link.
|2004 Lawn Bowls Results posted
The results for the 2004 Provincial Championships and the 2004 CBSA National Championships are now posted. More...
Paralympic Results - Canada's Paralympic Team had amazing results, and members of BCBSRA on the team had some exceptional performances. Congratulations to them and to all of the athletes, coaches, and volunteers on the 2004 Canadian Paralympic Team. Canada finished 7th overall in the medal count wining 72 medals.
See full BC athletes results in our special Paralympic
|2003 Index to Stories|
|Work Group on Sport for Persons with a Disability
TORONTO, November 25, 2003 -- Secretary of State (Physical Activity and Sport) Paul DeVillers announced the creation of a work group on sport for persons with a disability. More...
25th Anniversary of the BC DAIRY FOUNDATION Milk Run
Athlete of the Year
|2002 Index to Stories|
|Six more gold cap great Canadian performance at world championships for swimmers with a disability - Dec 15, 2002|
|Stephanie Dixon breaks world record - Dec 14, 2002|
|Quebec's Benoit Huot breaks world record at world swimming championships, Walter Wu wins gold. - December 13, 2002|
Kirby Cote earns double gold at world championships for swimmers with
a disability - Dec 12, 2002
Tildesley wins two gold, breaks Canadian record at world championships
for swimmers with a disability
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina- Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver won two gold medals Wednesday including one in national record time to highlight another strong day for Canada at the 50-country world championships for swimmers with a disability. Dec 11, 2002
gold for Canada to start world championships for swimmers with a disability
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina- Canadian swimmers with a disability appear headed for another medal rampage after kicking-off the 50-country world championships with six gold medals and four silver on Tuesday. Dec 10, 2002
Canadian contingent participating at the 3rd IPC World Swimming Championships
Ottawa, December 10th, 2002 Beginning today, Canadas National Team of swimmers with a disability (SWAD) will be going for gold at the 3rd International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Swimming Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina. This 7-day event will host 500 swimmers from over 50 countries with
17 Canadians scheduled to compete.
|Report on the 2002 Run for Light|
Star Top Canadian At British Open Judo Tournament
Triple Paralympic Games bronze medallist Pier Morten of Burnaby, B.C., was the top Canadian at the British Open judo tournament on the weekend, winning two silver medals in the competition for the visually impaired.
Morten placed second in both the men's 73 kilos and the open category.
of the Year Awards
Congratulations to the recipients of the Sport BC's 36th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards. The winners in each category were announced at a gala ceremony on March 13th, 2002 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
|Salt Lake City Winter Paralympic
courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Team media services
CANADA TAKES HOME A
RECORD SIX GOLD MEDALS FROM SALT LAKE CITY
CANADA ENDS GAMES
WITH A FOUR MEDAL TALLY
DANIEL WESLEY COMPLETES
HIS SET OF MEDALS
TWO MEDALS WON IN
GIANT SLALOM AT SNOWBASIN
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|2001 Index to Stories|
Athletes Win 3 medals at World Blind Bowls Championships
Five BCBSRA bowlers and their directors participated at the recent World Blind Bowls Championships in Scotland. 3 bronze medals were won.
|BC Athletes Receive Bursaries
Ottawa, April 25, 2001: Investor's Group Inc., Canada's leading personal financial services organization, today announced the athletes receiving bursaries through the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund.
The bursaries were presented at the Spirit of Sport Foundation's Breakfast with Champions held in Ottawa. Over 300 athletes applied for bursaries in 2001.
Courtney Knight and Ljilana Ljubisic were among the 20 Canadian athletes who received the bursaries, a joint program with Athletes CAN.
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