Dragon Boating Summer 2018 Schedule Now Available

The Dartmouth Dragon Boat Association offers dragon boat sessions for participants with vision loss.

It’s a great opportunity to  get out on the water for fun and fitness.

These dragon boat sessions generally take place from June to September each year at Graham’s Grove Park, Prince Albert Rd. in Dartmouth.

For more information on how to participate and the 2018 season schedule, head over to our Dragon Boating section.

 

Halifax Bike Week 2018

It’s Bike Week in Halifax (and Regional Municipality)!! Our Tandem Bike Club is excited to be hosting 2 group rides in honour of Bike week 2018:

  • Sunday, June 3rd 10:45 to about 1 pm, Halifax to Tantallon Timmie’s run on the Chain of Lakes & BLT trails.
  • Saturday, June 9th 10:30 to about 3 pm, Halifax to the Train Station Bike and Bean, which we can’t get enough of! This ride is for more experienced cyclists.
    Meet at the St Andrews Centre on Barnstead lane in Halifax.

All our tandems are booked for our group rides on the 3rd & 9th, but we’d love you to join us on your own bike or borrow one of our tandems to attend the many of the official events, listed at this link. There are freebies just for participating, too.

Enjoy the Ride!!

Enjoy the Ride in bold black text below an outline of a bicycle against a white brick wall

Congrats to the 2018 Support 4 Sport Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials and others whose dedication and passion were recognized at last night’s Support4Sport Awards!

Support4Sport Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Female Team Athlete of the 2017-18 year for Blind Sports Nova Scotia — with Beth Coish, Linda MacRae Triff and Jennie Bovard
Support4Sport Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Female Team Athlete of the 2017-18 year for Blind Sports Nova Scotia — with Beth Coish, Linda MacRae Triff and Jennie Bovard
Volunteer of the Year - Beth Coish, Halifax  Beth has been a dedicated volunteer at our weekly mixed recreational and junior goalball practices. Despite disloacting her ankle during the season, she continued to assist at practices while wearing a support boot. Beth also volunteered as a goal judge for the Nova Scotia Open annual goalball tournamen
Volunteer of the Year – Beth Coish, Halifax Beth has been a dedicated volunteer at our weekly mixed recreational and junior goalball practices. Despite disloacting her ankle during the season, she continued to assist at practices while wearing a support boot. Beth also volunteered as a goal judge for the Nova Scotia Open annual goalball tournamen
Volunteer of the Year - Beth Coish, Halifax  Beth has been a dedicated volunteer at our weekly mixed recreational and junior goalball practices. Despite disloacting her ankle during the season, she continued to assist at practices while wearing a support boot. Beth also volunteered as a goal judge for the Nova Scotia Open annual goalball tournament
Volunteer of the Year – Beth Coish, Halifax Beth has been a dedicated volunteer at our weekly mixed recreational and junior goalball practices. Despite disloacting her ankle during the season, she continued to assist at practices while wearing a support boot. Beth also volunteered as a goal judge for the Nova Scotia Open annual goalball tournament
Linda dedicates many hours to coaching teams of all ages and abilities who turned in an impressive series of team performances last year. The senior women mande Nova Scotia history by winning their first medal at a Canadian championship - a bronze. The senior men also won bronze. At the junior level, the boys on their second consecutive silver and Nova Scotia's mixed recreational team won its second consecutive gold at the Eastern Canadian championship.
Linda dedicates many hours to coaching teams of all ages and abilities who turned in an impressive series of team performances last year. The senior women mande Nova Scotia history by winning their first medal at a Canadian championship – a bronze. The senior men also won bronze. At the junior level, the boys on their second consecutive silver and Nova Scotia’s mixed recreational team won its second consecutive gold at the Eastern Canadian championship.
The Nova Scotia senior women's goalball team won the bronze medal at the Canadian goalball championships. Although the senior ladies have won medals at regional tournaments in the past, this marks the first time in history that a senior women's team from Nova Scotia has won a medal at the national championship. — with Stephanie Berry, Nancy Morin, Tarah Sawler and Jennie Bovard in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia senior women’s goalball team won the bronze medal at the Canadian goalball championships. Although the senior ladies have won medals at regional tournaments in the past, this marks the first time in history that a senior women’s team from Nova Scotia has won a medal at the national championship. — with Stephanie Berry, Nancy Morin, Tarah Sawler and Jennie Bovard in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Female Team Athlete of the Year - Jennie Bovard, Halifax Jennie was a major player on Nova Scotia's bronze medal winning team at the Canadian championships. During the semi-final match, the team's starting centre was injured, Jennie, who usually plays right wing, took over the more defensively demanding centre position in the bronze medal game. She played great as Nova Scotia defeated Alberta 9 to 1 to capture the pronvince's first medalat the senior women's national championship.
Female Team Athlete of the Year – Jennie Bovard, Halifax
Jennie was a major player on Nova Scotia’s bronze medal winning team at the Canadian championships. During the semi-final match, the team’s starting centre was injured, Jennie, who usually plays right wing, took over the more defensively demanding centre position in the bronze medal game. She played great as Nova Scotia defeated Alberta 9 to 1 to capture the pronvince’s first medalat the senior women’s national championship.
Male Team Athlete of the Year - AlexAngus MacEachen, Mabou Alex Angus helped the Nova Scotia junior goalball team win its second consecutive silver medal at the national championships. Although only 17, his performance was so strong that he was selected to be a member of the Nova Scotia senior men's team that won bronze at the senior Canadian championship. At the third annual Nova Scotia Invitational championship, Alec Angus scored two goals, including the winner in Nova Scotia's 8-5 bronze medal win over Quebec.
Male Team Athlete of the Year – AlexAngus MacEachen, Mabou
Alex Angus helped the Nova Scotia junior goalball team win its second consecutive silver medal at the national championships. Although only 17, his performance was so strong that he was selected to be a member of the Nova Scotia senior men’s team that won bronze at the senior Canadian championship. At the third annual Nova Scotia Invitational championship, Alec Angus scored two goals, including the winner in Nova Scotia’s 8-5 bronze medal win over Quebec.




 

2 NS Athletes Named March Cleve’s Source for Sports Athletes of the Month

Congratulations, Jennifer and John!! We’re incredibly proud of you both for being named Cleve’s Source for Sports Athletes of the Month in March!!

“Jennifer MacNeil-Noble, 31, of Halifax has been named the Cleve’s Source for Sports Female Team Athlete of the Month. MacNeil-Noble and the Nova Scotia Ship Recs mixed goalball team clinched a gold medal at the 2018 Eastern Canadian Goalball Tournament in Brantford, ON. In addition to netting 11 goals throughout the tournament, MacNeil-Noble provided strong defensive play by making crucial saves for her team.

Also a member of the Nova Scotia Ship Recs, the Cleve’s Source for Sports Male Team Athlete of the Month is John Courtney. The forty-one year-old from Halifax was a key player netting a personal best 11 goals throughout the 2018 Eastern Canadian Goalball Tournament. This included the game winning goal in a 5-4 victory over Kingston in the gold medal game.”

Read the full article: March Cleve’s Source for Sports

NS Ship Recs win gold a 2nd year in a row at ON Provincial/Eastern Goalball Tournament. From left to right: Peter Parsons (coach), Yvon Clement, Adam Noble, John Courtney, Jennifer MacNeil-Noble, Linda MacRae Triff (coach).

See you at our Annual Charity Auction Sat Apr 21 in Halifax!

Blind Sports NS, a 100% volunteer-run charitable organization, are excited to be hosting our most fun annual fund raising event on Saturday, April 21st – the Blind Sports NS Charity Auction!

Poster Description: Blind Sports NS Charity Auction (Deal & Special Offers) Saturday, April 21st at 6pm Bubba Rays Too 7071 Bayers Rd Just 5$ at the door includes auction paddle & drink  Images include 2 goalball players blocking shot, a pair on a tandem bike, and a group participating a group fitness class with mats A fun evening in support of sport, creation, and fitness programs for Nova Scotians of all ages with visionless. Amazing deals from local businesses & services. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, blindsportsnovascotia.ca, info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca

Every dollar raised helps us grow opportunities in sport, recreation, and fitness programs for Nova Scotians with vision loss of all ages.

Just $5 at the door gets you an auction paddle and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Amazing and unique deals to be had on a wide variety of local products, services, and everything in between!

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca 

Curious what we’re auctioning off next weekend? Here’s just a taste!
Murphy’s (including Tall Ship Silva, Cocktail Cruise, and deep sea fishing), Atlantic Superstore, Bistro Le Coq, Captured Escape Rooms, David’s Tea, Halifax Transit (passes), Java Blend coffee, Yoga with Moksha, New Scotland Clothing, Nine Locks Brewing, Rousseau Chocolatier, Stillwell Beer Bar, Saje Natural Wellness…

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Bistro Le Coq (above)CAPTURED ESCAPE davidstea HALIFAX TRANSIT JavaBlendLogos MOKSHA HALIFAX new scotland clothing NINE LOCKS ROUSSEAU saje STILLWELL

See you there!

Download the poster: BSNS AUCTION POSTER 2018 2

2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships Wrap-up

profile of Mason Smith, of the NS team wearing eyeshades, appearing focused on the goalball court.  Courtesy of Stephen Burke.
Congratulations to all athletes & coaches who participated in the 2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships!
Final Standings women:
1st British Columbia
2nd Nova Scotia
3rd Ontario
Final Standings men:
1st Nova Scotia
2nd Ontario
3rd British Columbia + Quebec
THANK YOU to all volunteers, organizers, officials, Halifax Independent School, and all of our sponsors & supporters!! Without you, this national parasport competition would not have been possible.
For all the scores, photos, and more from the tournament, visit the Facebook Event Page and Canadian Blind Sports’ page.

2018 Junior Goalball National Championships come to Halifax Apr 7 & 8

For the first time in the history, this annual parasport event comes to Halifax, Nova Scotia!

2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships Championnat canadien de goalball junior 2018  Pictured is a young goalball player, wearing eyeshades and a blue jersey, launching a shot down the court.   April 7 & 8 avril  Halifax Independent School   Spectators welcome! Spectateurs bienvenus   Logos:  Canadian Blind Sports Association / Sports Aveugles Canada  Facebook & Twitter  Blind Sports Nova Scotia - www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca Government of Nova Scotia / Nouvelle Ecosse  Government of Canada Accessible Media Inc.

Blind Sports Nova Scotia and Canadian Blind Sports/Sports Aveugles Canada are proud to be hosting the 2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships.

This unique & exciting parasport event brings up-and-coming junior goalball athletes from across Canada to compete for top spot in the growing sport of goalball.

Spectators are welcome and admission to watch is free.

Full schedule and live stream information coming soon on Facebook.

Download the PDF programme, including schedule: 2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS PROGRAMME

PDF Media RELEASE 2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS

Download the posters: 
2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS SPONSORS POSTER
CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMP 2018 POSTER

Accessible Spin Classes at Canada Games Centre

Thanks to our growing partnership with Canada Games Centre, some regularly-scheduled spin classes are now accessible for community members with vision loss! Indoor spinning  (on stationary bikes) is a safe and super fun way to get active, no matter the weather outside.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday Spin 5:30pm with D.W.

  • Thursday Spin Gold 10:15am with Melissa

  • Friday Spin 5:30pm with Anne

  • Saturday Spin 9am D.W.

Canada Games Centre logo

For Canada Games Centre address, rates, and more, visit. www.canadagamescentre.ca 

What makes these spin classes accessible? Through a pilot project and by offering training to spin instructors, classes are made accessible by instructors using verbal cues to describe each exercise and technique. For example, instructors will count beats aloud so you know how fast you’re meant to be pedalling. Spin Instructors listed in the schedule have also received basic sighted guide and etiquette training. They can also help you get familiar with the stationary bike, including mounting and dismounting safely and how to adjust tension.

  • Regular Canada Games Centre fees and policies apply, but sighted guides accompany you to classes for free and guide dogs of course are welcome.
  • Canada Games Centre is accessible by public transit and is located directly next to the (new) Lacewood bus terminal.
  • If your guide dog will be coming along, you may want to call ahead of time to arrange a safe and mutually-agreed upon place to park him/her during class.
  • Canada Games Centre is a big facility and the location spin classes can be tricky to find and navigate if you’re not familiar with the space, so you may want to call ahead of time to arrange for sighted guide from the front desk to the locker room and/or class or consider bringing along a sighted guide for your firs time.

For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennie, Blind Sports NS Tandem Bike Club Coordinator and Communications Director, at tandembikes@blindsportsnovascotia.ca or 902-449-0320. You can also message us on Facebook!