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Provincial Lawn Bowls, Nanaimo BC

Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2015
We will be playing around club activities so the approximate game times are:
Tuesday - 9:30 & 3:30
Wednesday 11:30 & 2:30
Games will be 21 points with a 2 hour time limit.
All entrants will play 4 games although your opponent might be in a different sight category.
The BBAC Nationals are scheduled for Calgary, August 25 - 31.
Registration fee is $450. Aug. 25 is a practice day with the greens available. For more details and forms contact Al Hanet.

If you are interested please contact the office at 604-325-8638 and let Helen or Susan know.

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 results...

Notice of 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, June 20, 2015
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9
For more details and information on the Call for Nomination of Directors...

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 Walsh.
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)

Learn to Skate and Try Blind Hockey, March 18

Courage Canada will be holding a learn-to-skate & try Blind Hockey program that is open to participants who are blind or partially sighted of all ages and their families from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Afterwards, the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team and other BC based Blind Hockey players will play a game with members of the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Association. Canuck favorites Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme are all confirmed to be in attendance for what should be a special night!
Burnaby 8 Rinks, 6501 Sprott Street. Burnaby, BC. V5B 3B8, Wednesday, March 18th, 4:30pm to 9:00pm

BC Blind Sports Fitness Program - Nanaimo

BC Blind Sports is offering a 10 week fitness program in Nanaimo for Seniors (but not limited to), who are visually impaired/ blind. This is a low impact fitness program with emphasis on balance, flexibility and muscle strength.
Program Details:
Wednesdays: April 8th – June 17th (No class on May 27th)
Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm.
Location: 195 Fourth Street (Harewood Activity Center) There is a parking lot for convenient drop off/pick up. Bus route #4 #5 #6, take you to the centre. There is a ramp and railing leading into the building.
Instructor: Brian Sugiyama
REGISTRATION: Contact: Carolyn Gunn: TEL: 250-716-9053 EMAIL: carolyngunn03@shaw.ca
Note: In order to attend you must be a member of BC Blind Sports. An annual membership is $15. Membership forms are available online or at the class.

Insight in Schools

Bringing sport and recreational activities to blind or visually impaired students in their own community. Programs are provided on site with sports and acitvities adapted to individual needs. For more information, download the pdf flyer, or contact BC Blind Sports at info@bcblindsports.bc.ca




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 Chang of Edmonton and Al Hanet of Kelowna a B3 pair also played.

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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

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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Phone: 604 325-8638
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Email: info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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