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Blind Bowlers Assoc. of Canada Lawn Bowling Nationals

July 29th - Aug 3 2013 Etobicoke Ont. (ten minutes from Toronto)

The Low Impact Fitness Program for “Seniors but not limited to” is growing!

May 15, 2013 - This low impact fitness class, designed to focus on developing good balance and strength runs in 10 week sessions. We are currently running programs in three locations around the province including: Vancouver, 100 Mile House and now in Nanaimo.

We are looking at developing classes in Victoria and Kelowna.

If you know of a group of individuals who would be interested in starting a program in your community please contact Susan at the provincial office at 604-325-8638.

Class Schedules:
Vancouver: Monday nights: 5pm to 6pm from June 13 to July 29, 2013.
Please note: There are no classes on May 20th or July 1st.

Nanaimo: – Classes will resume in September 2013

100 Mile House – The dates for the next sessions:
May 22,29.
June 5, 12, 19, 26. Summer Break for July and August.
Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25.

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 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

2013 Victoria Dragon Boat Team "Outta Sight'

This year BC Blind Sports is putting together a new Dragon Boat Team "Outta Sight', in Victoria.
We currently have two co-managers, Caroline and Terry, and a roster of about 14 paddlers on the team including 6 visually impaired paddlers.

NEW DATE: There will be a Team Meeting/Volunteer Training on Saturday, June 8th - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
For more details, click here.
If you or someone you know is interested in being on the team please let me know at susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca.

2013 Goalball Nationals

Congratulations to the BC Men's team that finished first at the CBSA Nationals in Halifax, and to the Women's team for their bronze medal finish. Doug Ripley was named MVP.

Men's Team: John Tee, Doug Ripley, Brendan Gaulin, Ahmad Zeivdavi
Women's Team: Angel Lu-lebel, Brenda Luke, Karen Liu, Ashlie Andrews.
Coaches: Robert Lebel and Cherie Lu
Support staff: Susan Flanagan

100 Mile House finishes 4th in Western Blind Curling Championships

The 100 Mile House Blind Curling team played well during this grueling competition against curlers from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. More...

Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament Synopsis

Your Vancouver Eclipse did very well on their respective teams with 2 players and a coach winning Gold, 2 players and a coach winning Silver and another 2 players and a coach winning the Bronze. In addition, 2 of our players won the MVP and Most Sportsman like awards. More...


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
Member Services Coordinator
Tel: 604-325-8638
Email: susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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.
Join the Regional District of Nanaimo as they open 2.5 km of accessible woodland trail, part of the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail. This is a trail for everyone, including those who haven’t done much walking and may be hesitant to try out a five km walk in the woods. Easily done in less than an hour, this accessible trail helps folks of all ages and abilities to get out and get active. Come out and try it, and be sure to bring along your family and friends.
For more information, visit www.rdn.bc.ca.

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 Bowls tournaments.
Tuesday, May 29 – Nanaimo
Tuesday, June 12 – Richmond

Please call the office at 604-325-8638 or email info@bcblindsports.bc.ca 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...
Stay tuned for the Paralympic Games later this summer!
The Vancouver Province also had a great story on Braedon, read it here.

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 info@bcblindsports.bc.ca. 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.

Women -
Gold: Ontario Trilliums
Silver: Ontario Harlequins
Bronze: BC

Men -
Gold: Quebec
Silver: BC
Bronze: Alberta

Junior Goalball Nationals - Brantford, ON., April 13-15th.

Women -
Gold: BC
Silver: Ontario
Bronze: New Brunswick

Men -
Gold: Ontario Black
Silver: New Brunswick
Bronze: BC

2012-2013 Membership

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.
The 2012 Inductees will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 44th Annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 20, 2012.
Full bio...

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...

Dragon Boating

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.
We practice Saturdays from 11am-12:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact Pamela Radcliffe at pamelaradcliffe@yahoo.ca or 604-762-6553.

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.
Disabled Athlete - Braedon Dolfo, Athletics, Finalist
Men’s Goalball Team – Ahmad Zeivdavi, Brendon Gaulin, Doug Ripley, Shane Wegner, John Tee, Clement Chou
Coach of the Year – Robert Lebel
President’s Award – Cherie Lu
Awards are on March 8th, 2012

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.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of dragon boating. There will be land based introductions to the technique and on water practice and racing. Followed by light refreshments.

If you are interested in attending please contact Adele Piroshco at adelejury@hotmail.com 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; carolkent@telus.net) 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

RFL logo 2011THANK YOU!!!!!!

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 Excellence.
The 3rd Annual Celebration of Women in Sport (WinS) was held on April 3 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence. The gala luncheon honoured women’s achievement in sport highlighting the significant contribution that girls and women of all ages play in the world of sports. WinS also featured the inaugural Women in Sport Awards, recognizing women who have made an exceptional contribution to sport as a coach, builder, volunteer or athlete. More...

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.
For more information visit the IBSA website, http://www.ibsa.es/eng/ or the World Games site, http://www.ibsaworldgames2011.com/En/Default.aspx

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.
Previously, Braedon finished fourth in the 4x100m relay with teammates Richard Carr, Brandon King, and Dustin Walsh in a time of 46.55 seconds.

IPC Athletics: 4x100m Relay Qualifies for Final

Canada's 4 x100 m relay warms up at IPC WorldsThe 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:

www.ipcathleticsworldchamps.com and

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:
Jan. 23
3:00 Men's 4X100m T11-13 Round 1/ Heat 1
3:12 Men's 4X100m T11-13 Round 1/ Heat 2

21:30 Men's 4X100m T11-13 Final

12:15 Men's High Jump F13 Final



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.
(Results courtesy of Canadian Blind Sports Assoc.) For full results visit the CBSA website at www.canadianblindsports.ca.

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
Canadian Jr Men’s Goalball Team and Pan American Women’s Teams Win Silver Medals, Team Canada Athletes did extraordinarily well at the events winning 23 medals with 9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze. Even more impressive, every Canadian competitor won a medal! More from the Canadian Blind Sports website.

Competition Update – Midway Through Day 2
July 17th, 2009. Colorado Springs, Colorado -Canadian Blind Sports Goalball Teams have played 6 out of 11 scheduled games for the day at the 2009 IBSA Pan American Games and IBSA World Youth and Student Championships.
Canada’s Junior Men’s Goalball Team began the day by beating Russia 8 – 6 on the strength of an impressive 8 goal performance by Dylan Johnson. All Athletics athletes who competed in last night's events won medals for a total of 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze as well as a win by Team Canada in the exhibition 4 X 400m race. To read more of this story and others from CBSA, visit the CBSA website.

Official IBSA Showdown Rules for 2009-2012

IBSA showdown rules are now available in word or pdf formats. Download Word version / .pdf version.

Run for Light logo2009 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!
Thank you to all participants, volunteers, community partners, and our sponsors, for your tremendous support. See you next year!

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.
As well, 3 athletes have been named to the IBSA World Youth Games to be held in Colorado Springs, USA. More...

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...



Tom Cowper

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)
Available support is awarded to those athletes who best meet the established Criteria for the eligible sports. These sports are currently supported by BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association for purposes of the BC AAP program. For details click here.

Run for Light logo28th Annual Run for Light

Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park
Date: May 30, 2008
Distance: 4.3km run along the Seawall, that starts at sundown in Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch.
Start: Warm up at 9:00pm and the Run starts at precisely 9:32 pm.
Register NOW by mail, phone or online.
For more information, visit our Run for Light page.


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.


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.

Brian Cowie (left) and Doug Stoutley,  2008 Presidents Award winner




Maple_leaf_imageHuot, 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...

BCBSRA_Runner_imageUnity of purpose: A tie that binds

re-printed with permission
Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun,
Saturday, August 26, 2006

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...

BCBSRA_Runner_imageSpring 2007

Available in .pdf, click here or as a Word .doc, click here. For the on-line version click here.

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.

Photo of Brian Cowie, Al and Vi Hanet
From left to right: Brian Cowie, President of BC Blind Sports, with Al and Vi Hanet who were selected by BC Blind Sports to receive their Sport BC's 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

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BCBSRA_Runner_imageBCBSRA Fall 2006 Insight Newsletter

now available online. Please click here.



2005 Index to Stories
2005 International Blind Bowls Championships
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...
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2004 Index to Stories

Maple_leaf_imageCBSA 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
Phone: 604 419-0480
Fax: 604 419-0481
(May 25, 2004)

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...

Maple_leaf_imageParalympic 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 section)

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™
We here at BC Blind Sports thank BC School Sports and the participating schools and their students across the Province  who participated and raised money in the 25th Anniversary of the BC DAIRY FOUNDATION Milk Run™. More...

Athlete of the Year Awards
Sport BC is proud to announce the winners of Sport BC’s 37th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards.  March 13, 2003

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
Winnipeg’s Kirby Cote earns double gold at world championships for swimmers with a disability - Dec 12, 2002
Vancouver’s 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
Six 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
Strong Canadian contingent participating at the 3rd IPC World Swimming Championships
Ottawa, December 10th, 2002 – Beginning today, Canada’s 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
Paralympic 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.
Athlete 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 News Stories
courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Team media services


The Paralympic Flame was extinguished Saturday night in a symbolic end to 10 days of exciting athletic competition at the Salt Lake City Games. Canada moved up from 15th in the world four years ago in Nagano to 6th out of 36 nations in 2002.   March 17, 2002

In cross-country, Brian McKeever and his guide and brother, Robin, both from Canmore, AB, ended the Salt Lake City Games on a silver medal note at Soldier Hollow. Brian, who is visually impaired, won his third medal of these Games, the previous two being of the golden variety. The tandem finished the 20 km course in a time of 55:41.4.  March 16, 2002

Daniel Wesley of New Westminster skied two clean runs in the sit ski slalom Friday winning the gold medal in a time of 1:30.02. Wesley's medal run at Snowbasin completes the set as he won a silver medal in the Super G and bronze in the downhill. Stacy Kohut (Canmore, AB) finished in fourth place 1:36.01.  March 15, 2002

Calgary's Karolina Wisniewska became Canada's most decorated athlete of the Salt Lake City Games Thursday with a silver medal run in the Giant Slalom (2:29.85). Lauren Woolstencroft from Victoria picked up the bronze medal (2:31.03). Mary Riddell of the United States won the race in 2:25.90.    March 14, 2002

Brian McKeever and his brother and guide Robin (Canmore, AB) won a second Paralympic gold medal today in cross-country skiing, Visually Impaired, at the 10-km free-style event at Soldier Hollow. Brian finished the race in 22 minutes and 39.1 seconds, more than 37 seconds in front of Irek Mannanov, from Russia, and 1 minute 54 seconds before Alexander Schwarz, from Germany. Today, Brian became the first Canadian male to have won two gold medals during the same Paralympic Games. Shauna Maria Whyte (Hinton, AB) and Colette Bourgonje (Saskatoon, SK) were 6th and 9th, respectively in the 5-km cross-country sit- ski event.   March 12, 2002

For a man who claims he prefers the longer distances, Canmore's Brian McKeever and his guide and brother Robin obliterated the field and won a gold medal in the 5km cross- country classic race at Soldier Hollow in a time of 12:07.3. New Westminster's Daniel Wesley followed up Saturday's sitski bronze with a silver medal in the Super G Sunday.

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Shauna Maria Whyte (Hinton, AB) had Canada's best result on Friday with a fourth place finish in biathlon. Calgary's Brian McKeever, along with his guide and brother, Robin of Canmore, finished in 6th place. March 8, 2002

Let the Games begin! As the Journey of Fire wound its way throughout the streets of Salt Lake City, a small but boisterous Canadian crowd cheered on five-time Paralympian Ljiljana (Lilo) Ljubisic (Vancouver, BC) who carried the torch in the official relay.
Accompanying Ljubisic were Jasmine Northcott (Ottawa) who is a representative of AthletesCan; Todd Nicholson (Ottawa) the captain of Canada's Sledge Hockey team and Carla Qualtrough (Ottawa) who is the Canadian Athlete's representative on the mission staff.   March 7, 2002

At a Canadian team reception today at the Olpin Student Union Building on the University of Utah campus, Alpine Ski racer Mark Ludbrook was named the flag bearer for his country.

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2001 Index to Stories
BC 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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