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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:
Please arrive by 1:15 to be ready to start at 1:30 p.m.
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.
Medal Results from BBAC Nationals
B3 Men Singles Al Hanet - Gold
B2 Pairs Dave Ruckman & Hugh Gillespie Alta. - Gold
National Lawn Bowls Championships
Day 2 in Brantford Ontario is complete. Several BC bowlers
continue to do well.
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 suffers First Loss at Goalball World Championships
June 30, 2014, Espo Finland -
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.
Courage Canada Hockey Tournament 2014
March 2014 - To all BCBSRA members,
Eclipse vs Giants - Blind Hockey Youtube Video
September 2013 - Watch the September 25th event.
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
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Official Opening of Accessible Trail in Qualicum Bay
June 23, 2012 at Lioness Blvd Trailhead, 10:00 a.m.
Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers
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