Did we mention that we’re excited about the prospect of blind hockey coming to Halifax? Check out this recent interview with Accessible Media (AMI) Audio’s Live From Studio 5 about just that, including Blind Sports NS Chair, Peter Parsons.
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” John F. Kennedy
We’ve got 3 tandem bikes available for short & long-term loans. If you or someone you know has vision loss and wants to borrow one of our bikes or/and join us for friendly group ride, please message us or email us at email@example.com. We’ll show you the ropes, offer a roster of capable volunteer pilots, and have helmets to get you started! Can’t wait to hear from you!
We’d like to congratulate and thank the following people, who contributed their time, effort, and heart to the sport of goalball and the community throughout 2017 (and then some). Blind Sports Nova Scotia has proudly nominated the following individuals for Support4Sport Awards, hosted by Sport Nova Scotia last evening.
Tamar Ellis, Official of the year
Peter Parsons, Coach of the year
Stephanie Berry, Female Team Athlete of the year
Mason Smith, Male Team Athlete of the year
Linda MacRae Triff, Volunteer of the year
NS Men’s Goalball team, team of the year
There will be a meeting to discuss starting up Blind Hockey in Halifax on Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00 PM at the APSEA Residence Building – 5944 South Street, Halifax. For more information, please contact Blind Sports NS Chair, Peter Parsons, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about blind hockey at: www.blindicehockey.com
The Dartmouth Dragon Boat Association is offering dragon boat sessions for blind and partially sighted individuals who would like the opportunity to get out on the water for fun and fitness. A dragon boat is a 40 foot long boat, with 20 benches. Two paddlers sit on each bench, one on the left, and one on the right. It is a flat bottomed very stable boat. There is a coach/steersperson standing in the back.
For more information, or to let us know you are coming, please email email@example.com or leave a voicemail at (902)469-4425.
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Graham’s Grove Park, Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth
(There are no buses that come directly to the site. Bus 62 stops at the bottom of Glenwood Avenue, and there is then a 400 foot walk.)
Download the PDF: BPS Dragon Boating Info 2017
An enormous Thank You to all those business owners and individuals who donated to make this years Blind Sports NS Charity Auction our most successful yet!
We raised $5,600. Every dollar will support blind and visually impaired athletes, of all ages & skill levels. We are so grateful and excited to continue growing competitive & recreational sports for all in our communities.
We’re excited to announce this season’s first Try Tandem Biking event in Halifax!
Blind Sports Nova Scotia’s Tandem Bike Club invites anyone with Vision Loss interested in trying out and learning more about this inclusive recreational sport to participate.
We also welcome any friends or family members who interested in becoming a volunteer pilot.
This is a free event!
This message also serves as a notice for those looking to loan one of our 3 tandems (details below). They are now available to reserve.
When: Wednesday, May 24th. 6:30 to 8pm
Where: St Andres Community Centre Parking lot. On Barnstead Lane, off of Bayers Rd.
What: Community members with vision loss can try tandem biking in a safe & controlled environment, with experienced volunteer pilots.
Please R.S.V.P. by Sunday, May 21st
Email us at tandembikes@
or call Jennie at 902-449-0320
or R.S.V.P to the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/
Please bring a bicycle helmet, if you have one, and let us know if you need detailed directions, bus information, or assistance getting from a bus stop to the event location. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!
How it Works
Tandem biking (on a bicycle for 2), with a pilot, makes getting active in the great outdoors with friends, family, and peers more accessible for individuals with vision loss.
A pilot rides in front, steering, shifting gears, and communicating effectively with the stoker (person riding on the back seat).
Ways to Ride with Us
Loan a Bike – We have 3 tandem bikes available for short & long-term loans to individuals with vision loss. We provide riding and safety instruction and a roster of trained volunteer pilots, or ride with a sighted friend or family member. Please contact us with a minimum of 72 hours notice.
Group Rides – We host group rides and attend community events, too. It’s a fun way to get outdoors and get active and everyone’s welcome!
Stay in touch
Email us at tandembikes@
A very belated shout out to the men’s & women’s goalball teams of Nova Scotia. The teams snagged double-bronze at the 2017 Senior National Goalball Championships on the weekend of April 21st.
Our men lost 5 to 4 in a close back & fourth finale game with Alberta and brough home their 5th National medal in a row.
The women (Nova-Q) beat Alberta 9 to 1 in the final game, earning Nova Scotia’s first ever Nationals medal for women’s goalball.
Special thanks to Nancy Morin, legendary goalball athlete out of Quebec, and to coaches, officials, referees, volunteers, along with everyone who made the tournament possible.
Mason Smith, Alex Angus MacEachen, Simon Richard, Peter Parsons, Oliver Pye, Linda MacRae Triff (coach), Nancy Morin, Jennie Board, Stephanie Berry, Tarah Sawler.
Linda MacRae Triff (coach), Nancy Morin (coach), Oliver Pye, Simon Richard, Peter Parsons, Alex Angus MacEachen, Mason Smith.
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.”