5th annual 2017 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament gets underway this weekend

From Canadian Blind Hockey’s Facebook Page, click on the following link for more about the tournament ADAPTED PUCK DROPS IN 48 HOURS! TIME TO GET REALLY EXCITED! #Blind #Hockey players from all across North America are beginning to arrive in Toronto for the 5th annual 2017 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

And check out AMI’s profile on hockey player Simon Richard from Dieppe, New Brunswick, one of five players representing Atlantic Canada at the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

Thank You GoodLife Spin 4 Kids!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the GoodLife Kids Foundation Spin4Kids event this past Saturday in Halifax!

Your efforts help fund inclusive programs, like Junior Goalball in Nova Scotia, where kids with vision loss can get active with their peers. Pictured accepting a whopping $10,000 cheque are Junior Goalball participants, Matt and Nick, CCB Blind Sports NS Chair Peter Parsons, and a representative from GoodLife Kids.

Spin4Kids 2017 - Blind Sports Nova Scotia 3 Spin4Kids 2017 - Blind Sports Nova Scotia


Annual Charity Auction coming April, 2017!

Saturday, April 1st  6pm at Dave Doolittle’s Sports Bar & Grill  90 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth                     Just $5 at the door includes paddle and a drink!

Join us for a fun evening in support of blind and visually impaired athletes, of all ages & skill levels, who will represent Nova Scotia in the Paralympic sport of goalball nationally and internationally.

All funds directly support athletes with vision loss



Connect to learn more about us or donate an auction item on Facebook, Twitter, or info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca

Montreal Open Goalball Tournament 2017 Recap

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this annual tournament!  Final Standings:
1st place  Ontario All Blacks
2nd place  USA Thorns
3rd place USA Phantons
1st place California Cyclone
2nd place British Columbia
3rd place California Crown

From CCB Blind Sports NS Chairperson and athlete on Nova Scotia provincial Goalball team, Peter Parsons:

Our girls started off the (final) day in their semi-final game against Ontario and lost 10-5.  Ontario went on to beat Oregon in the finals.  Our girls then lost to the Phantoms in a 2-0 game.  The girls had an amazing tournament and gained valuable experience.  I am so proud of them for how they played.

We played the California Cyclones in the semi finals.  We lost 7-4 in a good game.  The Cyclones went on to beat BC 4-1 in the finals.  In our bronze medal game, we lost to the California Crown 11-1.
Our men’s and women’s teams will be heading to Michigan for our next tournament in less than four weeks time.

A detailed report of how both NS teams made it to the finals:

Day 1:
This evening we played the California Crown in our first game of the tournament.  We lost 11-1.  It was a tough loss, but we’re all very positive.  We’ve been here before where we had a rough start to the tournament and bounced back.  Tomorrow we play Pennsylvania, Alberta and Ontario.  If we finish top 2 in our pool we will play in the semis on Sunday.  The other pool has BC, California Cyclones, Quebec, New York and New Jersey.
Nova-Q is our girls playing with a Quebec girl Nancy who is a 5 time paralympian and 2 time paralympic gold medalist.  They played the Phantams, a team from the US who has the US starting centre.  The girls tied them 5-5.  There are 6 women’s teams.  The girls have 4 games tomorrow.  They play Ontario, Oregon Thorns, Australia and Alberta.  If they finish top 4 they will make the semis on Sunday.
Day 2:
We started of our day playing against Pennsylvania and lost 5-2.  We remained positive and focused on our next game against Alberta.  We beat them 7-6.  We were still in a situation where we could still finish 2nd in our pool if we beat Ontario in our last game and got help from some other teams.  We beat Ontario 7-2.  We then needed Ontario to tie or beat Pennsylvania in their last game of the day which would create a tie for 2nd with us and Alberta at 2 wins and 2 losses and we would finish 2nd based on the head to head with us having beaten Alberta.  Ontario upset Pennsylvania in a close game 5-4.  That put us in 2nd in our Pool.  California Crown were 1st in our pool at 4 and 0.
We play the first place team from the other pool in the California Cyclones tomorrow morning in the semis.  California Crown play BC in the other semi.
Our girls, Nova-Q, played against Ontario in their first game of the day.  Ontario are the 9 time defending national champs.  Our girls beat them 7-4.  They then beat Alberta 9-2 and Australia 5-3.  Their last game was for first place against the Oregon Thorns.  They beat them 5-2 to finish first in the round robin with 4 wins and a tie.  They play Ontario in the semis and the two US teams play in the other semi.
So, both our men’s and women’s teams play in the semis tomorrow!

Our Junior Goalball Programs are Growing, thanks to GoodLife Kids Foundation

Thanks to the incredible support from the GoodLife Kids Foundation, more blind and visually impaired kids & teens than ever are getting active through the exciting Paraplympic sport of goalball.

Goalball is an inclusive way to have fun, get active, or develop your athletic abilities. Contact us at info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca or message us on Facebook to get playing in your area.


Pictured below: Amelie, Jill and Tara are just 3 of many junior goalball players, who play & practice regularly and travel to tournaments to represent Nova Scotia, with the help of qualified coaches. They are wearing gold blue jerseys and gold medals in this photo.


Thank You from the 2nd Annual N.S. Open Goalball Tournament

We’d like to send one last Thank You to everyone who volunteered, played, coached, organized, refereed, or  donated to make the 2nd Annual Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament a great success last weekend! We’re already looking forward to next year. Check out CBC Radio segment below, featuring Peter Partons and Nick Gentlemen, who represented Nova Scotia at the tournament.

2nd Annual NS Open Goalball Tourney THIS Weekend!

The 2nd Annual Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament takes place this weekend at Citadel Community Centre in Halifax!! Admission is free, so don’t miss the chance to check out this unique Paralympic sport at the only tournament of its kind in the Maritimes!

Friday, November 18th
6:00 p.m. Atlantic vs. Quebec
6:55 p.m. Nova Scotia 1 vs. Ontario
7:50 p.m. Nova Scotia 2 vs. Atlantic

Saturday, November 19th
9:00 a.m. Nova Scotia 1 vs. Quebec
10:00 a.m. Nova Scotia 2 vs. Ontario
11:00 a.m. Atlantic vs. Nova Scotia 1
12:00 p.m. Exhibition Game – NS women vs NS junior girls
1:00 p.m. Quebec vs. Ontario
2:00 p.m. Nova Scotia 2 vs.Nova Scotia 1
3:00 p.m. Ontario vs. Atlantic
4:00 p.m. Quebec vs. Nova Scotia 2
5:00 p.m. Exhibition Game – NS Women vs. Men’s team

Sunday, November 20th
8:00 a.m. Semi-finals – 1 vs. 4
9:00 a.m. Semi-finals – 2 vs. 3
10:00 a.m. Exhibition Game – NS women & junior girls
11:00 a.m. Bronze Medal Game
12:00 p.m. Gold Medal Game
1:00 p.m. Medal Ceremony










2nd Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament Approaches!

Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th at Citadel Community Centre. Admission is FREE for spectators.

This 2nd annual para-sport event, hosted by Blind Sports NS, is the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada! 

Witness athletes from Nova Scotia and across Canada go for Gold at this exciting and unique goalball experience!

To Register a team, sponsor this event, or become a volunteer:

Facebook & Twitter: Blind Sports Nova Scotia

email: info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca


This tournament and opportunity for Canadians, from junior to senior players for Team Canada, with vision loss to complete in sport would not exist without our sponsors and supporters!

Gold Sponsor, Accel physiotherapy. Silver Sponsors, CNIB and Accessible Media Inc.
Bronze Sponsors, including Canadian Council of the Blind; NS Disabled Persons Commission; Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club; Doctors Nova Scotia; Bank of Montreal Mic Mac Mall; Ocean Contractors.
Thanks also tour Goalball Supporters, the City of Halifax; The Atlantica Hotel; Banfield Ocular; the Spryfield Lion’s Club; Insight Optometry Group; Parsons ICF Construction; Jeff’s Catering.