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April 10 - 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week,

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 of directors.
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 East.


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 or deaf-blind.
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 17th.
Details 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 carolkent@telus.net. 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 pairs.
Al Hanet won Gold in singles and Bronze in pairs.
Matt Yole of Ladner won Gold in singles and Bronze in pairs.
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
Ladner Chiliwack
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.


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 Springs.
There are two athletes from BC - Amanda Pang and Ryan Chou.
Download the full schedule (doc), or visit the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) website for results and all information or their Facebook page.
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 results...

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)


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 activities 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 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.


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 info@bcblindsports.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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