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Invitation: Canadian Blind Hockey Showcase Game
The 3rd annual Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp takes place
this week at Canlan Burnaby 8 Rinks. For the first time ever, this year’s
camp features both youth and adult players which should produce some spectacular
Blind Hockey at the showcase game taking place this Sunday, August 28th
from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm.
The sport of Blind Hockey is now rapidly growing across the United States,
with additional interest in many hockey loving nations across the world.
With international competition possibilities on the horizon, the Summer
Camp is now a crucial development opportunity to improve the excellence
of the Canadian Blind Hockey stars of today, as well as to develop the
next generation of stars to represent Canada tomorrow.
The Showcase Game features both male and female players aged 15 and up,
coming the Montreal Hiboux, Toronto Ice Owls, Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs,
Edmonton See-Hawks and of course the local Vancouver Eclipse, as well
as individual free-agent players not connected to any teams. After five
days of intensive training under an experienced coaching staff, these
athletes will be divided into two teams that will surely produce some
highlight reel Blind Hockey. The event is 100% free to come watch and
will be fun for the whole family.
Canadian Blind Hockey Summer Development Camp
Showcase Game: Red vs Yellow
Burnaby 8 Rinks - Rink # 5
6501 Sprott St. Burnaby, BC
Sunday, August 28th
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Goalball teams to be nominated for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Aug. 23, 2016 - Scarborough, Ont. -The Canadian Blind Sports Association
and the Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the six men and six
women who will be nominated to represent Canada in goalball at the Rio
2016 Paralympic Games this September.
Both Canada's men's and women's goalball teams won bronze medals at the
Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, securing their berths for Rio.
Media are invited to meet and interview athletes at their Team Canada
jacket presentation at Variety Village in Scarborough, Ont. The jacket
presentation will be followed by an open practice during which media will
be able to take photos and b-roll.
Goalball athletes nominated to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic
Games, along with their coaches
Nathalie Chartrand, Sport Technical Officer, Canadian Blind Sports Association
Karen O'Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Karen Stintz, CEO, Variety Village
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Variety Village, Court #3
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, Ont. M1N 2G2
ABOUT GOALBALL: Goalball is a Paralympic-only sport played
by athletes with a visual impairment. Played in a gym court, the objective
of the game is to throw the ball using a bowling motion into the opponent's
net while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies.
The 1.25-kilogram ball has noise bells which help orientate the players.
For more information: paralympic.ca/goalball
BC Blind Sports Provincial Lawn Bowling Championships
August 17, 2016 - On Monday and Tuesday of this week the Nanaimo Lawn
Bowling Club hosted the provincial championships for blind and visually
impaired bowlers. Players came from Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam,
Ladner, Langley and Kelowna as well as from Nanaimo.
In the partially sighted category Dave Ruckman of Nanaimo went undefeated
to claim the gold, Arlene Stapleton of Victoria, assisted by Rosemary
Waldie placed second and Al Hanet of Kelowna, assisted by Walter Becktold
claimed third place.
In the total blind section Nanaimo bowlers dominated. Gus Thorne assisted
by Donn Sherry was undefeated to win the gold, Randy Fred with director
Dean Thompson took the silver and Aedan Stadden aided by David Burns placed
The tournament was sponsored by BC Blind Sports. Special thanks to Nanaimo
Lawn Bowling Club for hosting the tournament and to the many club members
who acted as directors, umpires, markers and helped in the kitchen.
The winners will next compete in the national championships which will
be held in Ladner, BC from September 12 to 18th, 2016.
Submitted by Donn Sherry.
Dragon Boat Crew Members Needed
June 29th, 2016 - BC Blind Sports is still in need of 6 to 7 more paddlers,
both visually impaired and sighted for our Dragons Insight Youth/Adult
mixed team, ages 12 and up.
Fees are $35.00 per person + membership $5.00 for supporting member or
$15.00 for athlete. You can pay either cash or cheque. Please make cheque
payable to BC Blind Sports. This includes your equipment, coaching, rental
of the boat, T-shirt, hat and registration into one festival.
We are registered for the Steveston Festival on Aug 20th. We practice
every Saturday morning from 9am to 11am and practice rain or shine, at
Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver. The only reason we won't practice
is if it is not safe to be out in the water or if we do not have enough
people to get in the boat.
- you won't need any! Dragon Zone has paddles and life jackets available
for paddlers to use.
- it's a good idea to bring a hat and a water bottle, especially if it's
a warm day. (and sunscreen if it's sunny!)
If you or someone you know is interested please contact BC Blind Sports
at 604-325-8638 or email email@example.com.
BEEP BASE BALL AND SOCCER
Volunteers needed for Beep Base Ball and Soccer for
the Blind/visually impaired. The program has started and will run until
late September 2016
When: Saturdays Time 2pm to 5pm
Place: Moody Park – New Westminster, BC
We are looking for three (3) to four (4) volunteers to help out with our
Beep Base ball and Soccer program. This is a mix youth and adult program.
Volunteers must be members with BC Blind Sports and have a Criminal Record
check. Some knowledge in baseball would be an asset.
2 Umpires – 1 for rules and 1 to operate the base beacons.
2 field coaches, who can alternate as pitchers/catcher
2 base runner guide (guide runner) to get the blind player runner safely
back to the dugout area.
Contact: BC Blind Sports at 604-325-8638 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 10 - 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week,
VOLUNTEERS WE CELEBRATE YOU!!!
BC Blind Sports has been operating for 40 years. In this time we have
and have had many fabulous volunteers who have given countless hours in
coaching, being an official, and acting as a sport guide in running, swimming,
cycling, lawn bowling and many more sports, both recreationally and competitively.
We have had volunteers in the office, helping with programs such as Run
for Light, our Gift Wrapping Booth at Oakridge, and serving on the board
From all of us at BC Blind Sports, THANK YOU for your
dedication, passion and the impact you have made in the organization and
the athletes we serve. You truly make a difference.
50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest
standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 18 different categories
are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance
and contribution to sport in our province. Read
more on our nominees - Darren Douma, finalist for
the Athlete with a Disability award, and Michael Mizera
for the Presidents Award. March 10, 2016, Vancouver Convention Centre
SEEING BEYOND THE HORIZON: MAY 5-7, 2016
Collaborating toward a shared vision for infants, children, youth, and
young adults who are blind, deafblind, or partially sighted, including
those who have additional disabilities and their families.
Please join us in beautiful Vancouver, BC, May 5 through May 7, 2016,
for the Seeing Beyond the Horizon Conference. The conference program is
packed full of relevant and informative topics. There is something for
everyone who enriches the lives of those who are blind, partially sighted
It will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster
Highway, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 1A3
2016 Seeing Beyond the Horizon
2016 Skiing is Believing
Looking for a healthy sport to be part of your fitness regime? Are you
a competitor? Join us for an introductory ski clinic on Sunday January
and registration info... (.pdf)
Are you ready for some fun? Have you thought about trying Blind Curling?
Come and try it at an Open House in September or join the league from
12:00 - 2 pm on Wednesdays at the Vancouver Curling Club starting on October
7th. All individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired are welcome.
No experience necessary. For more information please email Carol at email@example.com.
or call the BC Blind Sports office at 604-325-8638.
2015 National Lawn Bowls Championships:
BC wins 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze
BC bowlers did very well with all coming home with medals.
Lisa Binnie of Kelowna won Gold in singles, Silver in
Al Hanet won Gold in singles and Bronze in pairs.
Matt Yole of Ladner won Gold in singles and Bronze in
Aedan Staddon won Gold in singles.
Jay Gatley won Silver in pairs.
Rose Sarkany won a Bronze in pairs.
Congratulations to all the Bowlers!
For full details...
Lawn Bowling Nationals - Day 2, Singles Results
Another good day for bowling tho it was a little cool to start the day
and some haze from the Washington fires.
4 of our BC bowlers are still undefeated. Lisa Binnie
of Kelowna continues to outdraw Rose Sarkany, Nanaimo.
They played twice today with Lisa winning 20 to 17 in the morning game
which was stopped at 3 hours. In the afternoon Lisa again came out on
top 21 to 10.
Al Hanet, Kelowna and Jay Gatley, Nanaimo
played another close game today with Al winning 21 to 16.
Matt Yole of Ladner had a much closer game today against
his Alberta opponent. Matt won this game 21 to 16.
Aedan Staddon, Nanaimo continued his winning ways by
defeating an Alberta bowler in the morning draw 21 to 6 and did well in
the afternoon against a fellow from Newfoundland 21 to 4.
Singles play will wrap up with 2 draws tomorrow. Pairs will take place
on Saturday and Sunday. The greens are in great shape running at just
over 12 seconds. Similar to ours if you get a little wide the bowl tends
to run straight.
Lawn Bowling Nationals - Calgary, Aug 25-31
The following individuals will participate.
Aedan Staddon B1 Director Donn Sherry.
Rose Sarkany B4 Director Roelie Roos.
Jay Gately B3 Director Bill Roos
Matt Yole B2 Director Don Hobbs
Lisa Binnie B4 (no Director needed)
Al. Hanet B3 Director Vi. Hanet
There will be 22 Bowlers competing from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Que,
Ont. AB. and BC.
BC BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE BLIND
This competition was hosted by Nanaimo LBC this past week. Although
the number of competitors was down, the competition was excellent. Read
the full story...
Next on the schedule for many of our bowlers is the National Championships
at Calgary, August 24 - 31.
ParaPan Am Games - Aug 7-15
The Parapan Am Games begin August 7th in Toronto with the Opening Ceremonies
and continue with 16 sports through to August 15th. Athletes who are blind
or visually impaired compete in many sport disciplines and events. The
first Goalball games are Saturday August 8th. The women's medal games
are Friday August 14th and the men's medal games are Saturday August 15th.
Canada has a team in Men's and Women's goalball, and the full
goalball schedule can be downloaded in pdf format. Visit Toronto2015.org
for the full
schedule and results.
2015 IBSA World Youth Goalball Championship
Canada is represented by a boys team and a girls team at the IBSA World
Youth Goalball Championships that starts Tuesday July 28th in Colorado
There are two athletes from BC - Amanda Pang and Ryan Chou.
the full schedule (doc), or visit the United States Association of
Blind Athletes (USABA) website
for results and all information or their Facebook
Canada's first games are against Korea for the boy's team on Tuesday,
and the girl's team plays Wednesday against Germany.
Semifinals and Finals are held Friday July 31st.
Lawn Bowling in Ladner
June 2015 - On behalf of the bowlers and directors from Nanaimo and I
am sure also from the 3 other bowlers who participated on Thursday, please
accept our big THANK YOU.
The weather cooperated, the pick up and delivery to the ferry went smoothly
and the green was all set up and ran predictably. As always the club members
made us feel most welcome. The markers did an excellent job and the lunch
was delicious. What more could we ask for! Hopefully an invitation to
return next year as this is an event that the VI bowlers look forward
to. More info and
Canadian Blind Golf Championships
Coming this July 11 and 12th 2015. The Creston golf club is the host
club for the Canadian blind golf championships.
We have 35 confirmed entries. These entries consist of six BC players,
six Alberta players, four Ontarians, two Nova Scotia, seven Manitobans
and five from Saskatchewan. Our international golfers, two from Scotland
one from England who is the Chairman of the International blind golf Association.
We also have four golfers coming from the United States.
Sport BC's Presidents' Awards
March 12, 2015 - The 21st Annual Presidents’ Awards are presented
annually to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent
the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment
contribute to development of their sport or organization. Sport BC member
organizations are eligible to recognize one volunteer per year.
This year our Presidents’ Award goes to Larry
Larry Walsh started as a volunteer guide runner for his son Dustin , who
is now a Paralympics athlete. Larry began on the board as a regional representative
for the Lower Mainland. He has been a strong advocate for provisions of
sport programs and physical literacy for not only the athletes but involving
their families as well. Larry and his wife Jan have given countless hours
supporting our members and staff, also participating in many events. He
is another true example of how dedicated volunteers make our programs
the success they are.
Larry Walsh, Presidents Award winner,
receives the award from Brian Cowie (right)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
International Games for Athletes with a Disability
Feb 24, 2015 - Two very close games today for Dave Ruck and and his New
Zealand partner. This morning they played against South Africa and they
led 7 to 0 after 6 ends. Unfortunately SA scored a 6 on the next end and
went onto win 18 to 12. This afternoon against Israel they again started
with a bang going up 9 to 0 winning the first 5 ends. After 13 ends they
still led 13 to 10. Israel scored 4 on the 14th end and 5 on the 15 th
and last end. Playing the last end Israel got an early close bowl forcing
Dave to try some up weight shots. Both Dave and his partner played well
today but couldn't hold on to their leads. They have 2 more chances tomorrow
so hopefully they will play as well as they started today. Vivian Kwan
of Edmonton and Al Hanet of Kelowna a B3 pair also played.
Al Hanet Played against New Zealand Team No 1 and No 2. Al and his director
won the first No1 game, and tied with the Number 2 team.
Our B3 Lady Vivian Kwan, and her Director from Edmonton played very well
and won two games
Follow BC Hockey Players Competing at Courage Canada Hockey Tournament
February 13, 2015 - Our BC Blind Sports Eclipse Hockey Team heads to
Toronto this weekend for the biggest Blind Hockey Tournament in the history
of the sport! With 80 players from 7 provinces and 2 US states, the first
ever 6 team Blind Hockey Tournament promises to be the best and most exciting
yet. The tournament games will be broadcast through a live web stream.
The link will be available on www.couragecanada.ca
the week of the event.
READY FOR NEW ZEALAND
The practices have been completed and the equipment has been packed
and now this team is set to test their skills against the world. Recently
members of the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club gathered at the clubhouse for
a great send-off for 2 visually impaired members. Dave Ruckman and Randy
Fred will compete in the International Games for Athletes with a Disability.
Wheelchair and CP athletes as well as the blind will be competing for
the next 2 weeks near Wellington. The bowlers would like to thank all
those who helped in their fund raising ventures to make this trip possible.
The team leaves this Thursday and the public is invited to take part in
extending good wishes that they will carry with them throughout the competition.
Watch for Championship results on the Nanaimo LBC website.
In the picture from left to right are: Dean Thompson, Randy Fred, Donn
Sherry and Dave Ruckman
2015 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament
In less than four weeks, the puck will drop at the biggest Blind Hockey
Tournament in the history of the sport! With 80 players from 7 provinces
and 2 US states, the first ever 6 team Blind Hockey Tournament promises
to be the best and most exciting yet.
2015 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament
February 13 – 15, 2015, Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens (formerly
Maple Leaf Gardens) Toronto, ON
For more information including the tournament schedule, visit couragecanada.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 email@example.com
Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers
with Visual Impairment
A DVD & Written Guide for Parents
BC Blind Sports has created a DVD and written guide that shows parents
how to encourage physical activity in preschool children who are visually
impaired. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the DVD and/or
written guide, or if you have any questions regarding physical activity
for people with visual impairment. We are here to help. DVD only
DVD & Resource Guide $30 Download the Brochure - Word
version | .pdf
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province of British
Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
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