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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Medallists: Goalball

Women’s 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

Men’s Goalball
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 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 Goalball Quarterfinals

The Women's Goalball quarter finals begin Wednesday with
Brazil vs Ukraine,
China vs Japan,
Turkey vs Israel and
USA vs Canada

In Men's Goalball, the quarterfinals will feature:
Brazil vs China,
USA vs Germany,
Lithuania vs Canada, and
Sweden vs Turkey.

Full results, scoresheets and game reports are available on the Rio201 Website. https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/goalball-schedule-and-results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Canadian Goalball Schedule and Results

Note: Full results, scoresheets and game reports are available on the Rio201 Website. https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/goalball-schedule-and-results

Preliminary round

Women Pool D
Fri Sept 9: Canada 4 vs Turkey 12
Sun Sept 11: Canada 3 vs Ukraine 2
Mon Sept 12: Canada 3 vs China 8
Tues Sept 13: Canada 6 vs Australia 0

Men Pool A
Fri Sept 9: Canada 3 vs Brazil 11
Sat Sept 10: Canada 7 vs Germany 5
Mon Sept 12: Canada 13 vs Algeria 17
Tues Sept 13: Canada 3 vs Sweden 6

Quarterfinals will be held Wednesday September 14, followed by
Semi-finals on Thursday September 15 and
Bronze medal and Gold medals games on Friday September 16.

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.

2016 Paralympic Games Begin in Rio de Janeiro

The Paralympic Games competitions begin September 7th. Follow Canadian athletes through the Canadian Paralympic Committee website http://paralympic.ca/, or the Official website of the 2016 Paralympics at https://www.rio2016.com/en.

Events on day one include Athletics, Cycling, Football, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.
Canada's first Goalball games are on Friday.
You can also watch the Games on CBC, television and online. See their schedule at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/broadcast

Come and join our Curling for people who are Blind or Visually Impaired Program!!!!

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, carolkent@telus.net

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

Goalball teams to be nominated for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Aug. 23, 2016 - Scarborough, Ont. -The Canadian Blind Sports Association and the Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the six men and six women who will be nominated to represent Canada in goalball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.

Both Canada's men's and women's goalball teams won bronze medals at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, securing their berths for Rio.

Media are invited to meet and interview athletes at their Team Canada jacket presentation at Variety Village in Scarborough, Ont. The jacket presentation will be followed by an open practice during which media will be able to take photos and b-roll.

Goalball athletes nominated to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, along with their coaches
Nathalie Chartrand, Sport Technical Officer, Canadian Blind Sports Association
Karen O'Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Karen Stintz, CEO, Variety Village

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Variety Village, Court #3
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, Ont. M1N 2G2

ABOUT GOALBALL: Goalball is a Paralympic-only sport played by athletes with a visual impairment. Played in a gym court, the objective of the game is to throw the ball using a bowling motion into the opponent's net while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies. The 1.25-kilogram ball has noise bells which help orientate the players. For more information: paralympic.ca/goalball

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 third.

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 susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca.


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 susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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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