Halifax Heroes: Blind Sports volunteer responds to the call of the goalball

Let our fearless and dedicated Head Goalball Coach and Halifax Hero, Linda MacRae Triff, be your Monday Motivation. Read the full article. 

On behalf of the Blind Sports NS Board, recreational and competitive athletes, parents, and countless lives you’ve touched, THANK YOU is not enough.

“Seeing these adults and youths enjoying activities that other people take for granted is very rewarding. Both my boys have helped with blind sports since they were very young. They have no doubts about the abilities of people with a visual impairment. It would be great if the rest of the world realized it.”

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Join us for our Annual Charity Auction This Saturday!

Our charity auction takes place this Saturday at 6pm! We hope you can join us for good deals, good times, all for a good cause.

Just $5 at the door includes paddle and a drink!

This event is held annually in support of blind and visually impaired goalball players of all ages and skill levels.

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Inside a navy blue box at the top left
Saturday, April 1st 6pm
Dave Doolittle’s Sports Bar & Grill  
90 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth
Just $5 at the door includes paddle and a drink!
A pink-red graphic in the right top corner reads: Deals & special offers
Below that the Nova Scotia flag and a graphic of a black and white figure wearing eyeshades and throwing a goalball
The centre of the poster reads: CCB Blind Sports Nova Scotia Annual Charity Auction 
Below that and to the left is a seal that reads Auction and below that Dave Doolittle’s Sportsbar and Grill logo 
To the right in a navy blue box reads: 
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 & learn more about us on Facebook, Twitter, 
www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca, info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca 
Below that the Canadian Council of the Blind “A lack of sight is not a lack of vision” logo, Blind Sports Nova Scotia logo, as well as Facebook & Twitter logos appear.

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.

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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

2017 BSNS AUCTION POSTER

2017 BSNS AUCTION POSTER

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:
Women
1st place  Ontario All Blacks
2nd place  USA Thorns
3rd place USA Phantons
Men
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.

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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.

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