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We Need Gift Wrapping Volunteers
November 25th to December 24th, 2016
Oakridge Shopping Centre
Join BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association in celebrating our 10th
year in wrapping gifts for the holidays. Be a part of helping us raise
funds to support Recreation and Sport programs for people who are blind
or visually impaired.
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love wrapping presents
or helping with managing the booth.
For details, click here.
Vote to get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist
Dear CBSA Members and Supporters:
Canadian Blind Sports has entered Goalball in the Canada 150 Playlist
through ParticipAction. The Playlist is in celebration of Canada's 150th
Anniversary in 2017. Voting is on now for the sports which will be on
the Playlist. In order to ensure that the Playlist includes Goalball,
please circulate the following links for voting as widely as possible
and encourage people to vote for goalball. Please note that you
can vote every day until December 9th. I have asked ParticipAction
for a French version of the information also - French and English links
are below. I will forward the digital tools and other information when
I receive it.
Please ask people to let us know if they experience any accessibility
difficulties with the voting webpage ? this is important to us.
Thank you for your assistance !
Info from ParticipAction:
The 150 Play List voting and submission campaign has launched and the
race is on to get your sports and activities included on the list!
Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada
and reawaken the desire and pride of all Canadians to regularly take
part in sport and physical activity.
Tell me how to get my sports and activities on the list!
Help make sure that the sports and physical activities that your organization
offers make it on the list by encouraging your members to vote and submit
sports and physical activities below (next week we'll be sending you
some digital tools to help you spread the word!). Minister of Sport
and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, is making sure her
faves make the list and you should too!
English Website Link:
French Website Link:
Please VOTE and help get Goalball on the Canada 150 Playlist.
Jane D Blaine
Canadian Blind Sports Association / Association canadienne des sports
2016 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Tournament
Canadian Blind Hockey (formerly known as Courage Canada) is bringing
the first ever Blind Hockey tournament to the province of BC and you’re
invited to come participate!
The inaugural Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament takes place at
the Langley Sportsplex on November 19 and 20, 2016. The event will showcase
Blind Hockey at its best, with a three game series that is 100% free to
come watch. The event also has a learn to skate and try Blind Hockey session
open to anyone of all ages who is blind or partially sighted between 3:45
and 5:15 pm on Saturday, November 19. Registration is mandatory.
For full details, download
the schedule and the registration form.
Dragon Zone Competitive Blind / Partially Sighted Team
You are invited to attend a meeting on Saturday, October 15th
to discuss the creation of a Dragon Zone Competitive BPS (blind / partially
sighted) Team. Details on meeting
time, team focus, etc. are found here.
2016/2017 Board of Directors
Brian Cowie – President
Doug Dow – Vice President
Tom Ollis – Treasurer
Linda Weber – Athlete Representative
Elaine Todd – Sport Technical Officer / Director at Large
Brendan Gaulin – Officer at Large
Amy Amantea – Director at Large
Yvonne Stewart – Director at Large
Ahmad Zeividavi – Director at Large
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Medallists: Goalball
Gold Medal Game China 1 vs Turkey 4
Bronze Medal Game Brazil 2 vs USA 3
Final Standings – Women
Gold TUR Turkey
Silver CHN China
Bronze USA United States
4 BRA Brazil
5 JPN Japan
6 CAN Canada
7 ISR Israel
8 UKR Ukraine
9 AUS Australia
10 ALG Algeria
Gold Medal Game USA 8 vs Lithuania 14
Bronze Medal Game Brazil 6 vs Sweden 5
Final Standings: Men
Gold LTU Lithuania
Silver USA United States
Bronze BRA Brazil
4 SWE Sweden
5 TUR Turkey
6 GER Germany
7 CHN China
8 CAN Canada
9 FIN Finland
10 ALG Algeria
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, September 24, 2016
Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Multipurpose Room
5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9
Please read the full Notice of Meeting (click
here) and download and review the additional documents for the meeting:
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Photo credit - Canadian Paralympic Committee 2016
Audio Description Live in Venues at the Rio 2016 Paralympics
Spectators in Venue in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games can listen to
radio/audio live descriptions of the events by tuning in to specified
FM Radio stations on their Radio or phone.
Information is available at the information desks at each venue. Descriptions
quickly alternate between English and Portuguese on each station. BC Blind
Sports compliments the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for making this service
available. The commentaries are well presented and provide additional
useful information to both sighted and visually impaired listeners. If
there is a chance that this excellent service will be broadcast more widely
we will certainly let you know.
Come and join our Curling for people who are Blind or Visually Impaired
There will be a blind curling open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, from
1:00 pm, for anyone who may be interested in this try it session.
The rink is located in the Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger
Way, between Main and Cambie just off of 33rd Avenue, right next to Nat
Bailey Stadium. There will be a group meeting at the 29th Avenue Skytrain
Station to take the bus to the rink.
The regular blind curling practices are on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00
pm, beginning on October 5 until the end of March.
No prior curling experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided.
The qualified coaches are experienced in teaching the technique of curling
to blind/visually impaired athletes.
For more information about blind curling, or if you would like to RSVP
for the open house and the skytrain meet up, please contact Carol Kent,
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.
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
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)
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 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
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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