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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

Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind featured on Rogers Hometown Hockey

This Sunday November 9th the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour comes to Burnaby, BC and will feature a nationally broadcast double header on City TV featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Ottawa Senators, followed by the Vancouver Canucks vs the Anaheim Ducks. But first, during the Hometown Hockey pre-game show hosted by Ron Maclean, there will be a feature on this past summer’s 2014 Courage Canada National Youth Blind Hockey Camp, which featured 12 exceptional young blind and partially sighted hockey players from across the country who came together for 5 days of training in Burnaby, BC.

Ron Maclean states the feature is about “a league for the visually impaired, where the feel for the game means everything.” The piece will feature interviews from Courage Canada Founder and President Mark DeMontis, Courage Canada VP and Blind Hockey Goalie Gary Steeves, as well as several of the participants and their parents.

Be sure to tune in to City TV on Sunday, November 9th between 5 pm – 6 pm Eastern / 2 pm – 3 pm Pacific to see Courage Canada featured on Rogers Hometown Hockey before all the exciting NHL action.

The Lower Mainland Yoga Program has begun!

All classes are held at:
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC
Day and Time; Fridays 1:30-2:30 p.m.
From: October 31-December 19 from 1:15-2:45 PM (all classes)

Please arrive by 1:15 to be ready to start at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone wishing to be met at the Joyce Sky Train station at 1 pm, please contact the office. For more information click here.


The Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired Curling Club curl at the Vancouver Curling Club at Hillcrest Centre on Wednesdays from noon to 2:00 pm from early October until mid or late March. The curling club is located at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way. Everyone is welcome and no previous curling experience is necessary.
If you would like more information please contact our office or Carol email carolkent@telus.net, phone 604-266-9656. or Rob at 604-936-6544.

Medal Results from BBAC Nationals

B3 Men Singles Al Hanet - Gold
B2 Men Singles Dave Ruckman - Gold
B1 Men Singles Randy Fred - Gold

B2 Pairs Dave Ruckman & Hugh Gillespie Alta. - Gold
B3 Pairs Jay Gatley & Nel DeBruyen Ont. - Gold
B3 Pairs Rose Kamma Sartany & Robert White N.B. - Silver
B3 Pairs Al Hanet & Elizabeth Mayo Nfld. - Bronze
Matt Yole also participated.
Dave Ruckman and Randy Fred have qualified to go to New Zealand.

National Lawn Bowls Championships

Day 2 in Brantford Ontario is complete. Several BC bowlers continue to do well.
In the B1 totally blind division Randy Fred of Nanaimo has completed the round robin undefeated winning his third match 21 to 9 over the bowler from Montreal. They will have another game tomorrow afternoon to decide Gold and Silver.
In the B2 men's division Dave Ruckman of Nanaimo won his third game and is the only undefeated person in his category. He will complete the round robin in the morning and compete for a medal in the afternoon section.
Al Hanet of Kelowna is leading the B3 Men's section remaining undefeated in his 3 games. Matt Yole of Ladner has a record of 1 win and 3 losses and hopes to qualify to play in the bronze medal game. Roe Sartany and Jay Gatley both of Nanaimo club have yet to win a game but are making a good show in their first experience at a National competition. Singles play will wrap up tomorrow with a pairs competition being played on Saturday and Sunday.

Provincial Blind Lawn Bowling Tournament

BCBSRA held their annual championships at Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club this past week.The two day event featured bowlers from Kelowna, Nanaimo and the Vancouver area. Each player played four games.

The provincial winner and champion was Dave Ruckman of Nanaimo who went undefeated winning all his games. His sighted helper was Dean Thompson.

Second place went to Al Hanet of Kelowna with his wife Vi Hanet as his director. Mr Hanet recently represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. He and Mr. Ruckman had a very exciting final match with Mr Ruckman winning 21 to 15.

Randy Fred of Nanaimo placed third with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. Mr. Fred was the only totally blind competitor in the competition so did extremely well. He was assisted by Donn Sherry.

In fourth place and the winner of the Harvey Hodges Memorial Trophy was Jay Gatley of Nanaimo with a record of 2 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. Jay's director was Bill Roos.

The visually impaired bowlers expressed their thanks to their sighted helpers, to the Nanaimo club for hosting the event, to BC Blind Sports for their sponsorship and to the club members who acted as markers for each game.

Ice Hockey Come and Try Skating and Ice Hockey

August 23rd and August 30th - BC Blind Sports and the Eclipse hockey team will have an Ice Hockey Come and try skating and ice hockey. Location is Moody park Arena in New Westminster, BC. August 23rd, Time 5:15pm to 6:45pm and August 30th Time 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Skates will be available.

Seniors Fitness Classes

But not limited to, these classes will start up again in September in the following communities: 100 Mile House, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver. Please contact the office for more details.

For more upcoming events visit our Calendar

Gaulin Scores 6 in Canada's Loss to Belgium

July 1, 2014, Espo Finland -
Canada lost its fourth game of the World Goalball Championships this evening to Belgium, 12-6. Brendan Gaulin of Vancouver, B.C. scored all six of Canada's goals.
Canada plays Japan in its only game tomorrow

Canada suffers First Loss at Goalball World Championships

June 30, 2014, Espo Finland -
Lithuania defeated Canada 13-3 this evening at the Goalball World Championships in Espo Finland. Brendan Gaulin of Vancouver B.C. scored twice in a losing cause for Canada. Canada's remaining goal was scored by Bruno Hache of Montreal, Quebec.

Canada has games against China and Belgium tomorrow (July 1) afternoon and evening respectively.

Goalball Championships 2014

The CBSA National Goalball Championships are coming up this month.
Junior Goalball Championships,
April 11th to 13th, 2014, in Brantford Ontario.
Senior Goalball Championships,
April 25th to 27th, 2014, in Calgary Alberta.
Good luck to our BC athletes.

Courage Canada Hockey Tournament 2014

March 2014 - To all BCBSRA members,
Your Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey team has returned from the 2nd annual Courage Canada national Blind Hockey Tournament that was held in Toronto, March 21 – 23. It was a great tournament - Read more....

Eclipse vs Giants - Blind Hockey Youtube Video

September 2013 - Watch the September 25th event.
or view on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q83lbAiAQXM&

The Benefits of Participation in Dragon Boating

Six years ago I abruptly lost most of my eyesight due to a rare illness. Since then I’ve learned a lot of things…. The dragon boat experience has exceeded all my expectations. Read the full story, click here.

Ladner Lawn Bowls Event

On Tuesday, July 23 Ladner Lawn Bowling Club hosted 12 visually impaired bowlers from various clubs in the province. Clubs represented were Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Ladner. We played Pairs with each team playing 2 ten end games. Two of the 6 teams won both their games. Matt Yole and Jay Gatley placed 1st with 2 wins and +9 points. Dave Ruckman and Susan Flanagan were 2nd with 2 wins and +8 points.All the bowlers seemed to enjoy playing on Ladner’s new artificial surface. All were very appreciative of the hospitality shown by the members of the club. They were great hosts, served a delicious lunch and their markers did a very efficient job. We hope the club will invite us back in the future,
Special thanks to:

  1. Susan Flanagan for her willingness to fill the empty spot to complete the final pair.
  2. BC Blind Sports for covering the costs of the lunch and providing the transportation to and from the ferry as well as getting others to the green.
  3. Vi and Al Hanet for travelling from Kelowna to participate and also for bringing a new director to work with Matt.
  4. Matt Yole for approaching his club and convincing them to host this event.

Below is a video highlighting blind bowls.

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 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

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.

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 $5.
DVD & Resource Guide $30
Download the Brochure - Word version | .pdf version


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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