Nova Scotia athletes make Junior Goalball National teams

Mason Smith and Tarah Sawler are the first two Nova Scotians ever to make the Canadian junior goalball national boys and girls teams.  They will represent Canada at the International Blind Sports Association’s (IBSA) World Youth Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado from July 28th to the 31st.
Tarah, 16 years old from Dartmouth, led the Nova Scotia junior girls to the bronze medal at the junior nationals in Brantford, ON in March.  She is in her second year of goalball and also plays for the Nova Scotia Senior Women’s’ team.  Mason, 15 years old from Middleton, achieved the rare feat of winning both junior and senior Mens’ national titles this season and has been named to the junior boys national team in just his first year of goalball.
Linda MacRae Triff from Dartmouth was selected by the Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA) to coach the junior boys national team at this year’s tournament.  MacRae-Triff, who also coaches the Nova Scotia Senior Men’s and Women’s teams has also coached the Junior girls team from the beginning of the programs short two year existence.
Nova Scotia men’s goalball athlete and junior assistant coach, Peter Parsons from Halifax will be the assistant coach for the Canadian junior boys and girls teams.  Parsons says: “It is a testament to the strength of Nova Scotia’s new Junior Goalball program that both Tarah and Mason have been selected by CBSA to be a part of Canada’s World Junior teams.”  Parsons, who is an Orientation & mobility Specialist with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority works with  visually impaired youth in the province and is familiar with the unique challenges that they face:    “Organized sports can be a challenge for visually impaired youth.  Junior Goalball is a great way to promote acceptance and active lifestyles from an early age.”  Parsons adds that the success of our boys and girls Junior program bodes well for the  future of Goalball in Nova Scotia: “We’re just getting started and I’m really excited to see where both our Junior and Senior programs go in the next few years!”
Goalball is a Paralympic sport that was created after WWII for blinded veterans. It is a team sport played by athletes who are blind or visually impaired.  Played on a volleyball sized court on a gym floor with goals at either end spanning the entire back line, two teams of three players compete by throwing a ball along the floor and into the opposite team’s goal.  The opposing team attempts to physically block the ball from crossing the goal line. Because players can have different levels of vision, all participants are blindfolded to create a level playing field as they listen for the goalball, which has bells in it.

I’m seeing double… Double Gold!

Simon Richard/Mason Smith with their Junior and Senior Goalball Natoals Gold medalsSimon Richard (left) and Mason Smith (right) display their double gold medals that they won at both the junior boys and senior men’s national goalball championships this year.  They won national titles with the New Brunswick junior boys in March and the Nova Scotia Senior men in April which make them two of a small handful of players ever to achieve this rare feat of winning junior and senior national titles in the same season.  In his first year of goalball, Mason made the junior boys national team and is training for the IBSA World Youth Games in Colorado Springs from July 28th to the 31st.  Simon, MVP of the junior and seniror nationals, will be playing for the men’s national team at the Para Pan Am games in Toronto from August 8th to the 15th.  Good luck boys!

Tarah Sawler has been selected for Team Canada at the Junior Goalball World Championships this July!

Blind Sports Nova Scotia is very proud that our very own Tarah Sawler from Dartmouth has been selected to be a member of Team Canada at the Junior Goalball World Championships in Colorado this July.  Making this even more impressive is that this is only Tarah’s second season playing Goalball.  Congratulations Tarah and bring home the Gold for Canada! Continue reading Tarah Sawler has been selected for Team Canada at the Junior Goalball World Championships this July!

Reminder: Our Auction is only two days away!

Please join us for our annual charity auction:

 

When: Saturday, June 13th starting at 6 PM

Where: Dave Doolittle’s – 90 Tacoma Drive in Dartmouth.

Tickets: $5 each, available at the door.  A ticket gives you one FREE drink or beverage!

 

Here are just a few of the items you can bid on:

  • Gift cards to restaurants all over the city
  • Hot sauce
  • Travel BBQ
  • Portable blue tooth speaker
  • Cookware sets
  • Oil and tire change
  • Pizza and beer package
  • Bike tune up
  • Two week yoga pass
  • 4- person tent
  • Museum of Natural History  – family passes
  • Gym passes
  • massages
  • One load of gravel
  • Chocolate and candy apples

Auction 2015

Please come out and support Bind Sports Nova Scotia at our auction!  Here are the details:

When: Saturday, June 13th starting at 6 PM

Where: Dave Doolittle’s – 90 Tacoma Drive in Dartmouth.

Tickets: $5 each, available at the door.  A ticket gives you one FREE drink or beverage!

 

You’re support both a great cause and the many wonderful  businesses across the HRM who have donated auction items!

Nova Scotia Men’s Goalball Team wins National Championship!

The Canadian Goalball Championships were held in Toronto from April 17-19th. Nova Scotia made history as the first Nova Scotia team to become National goalball champions. Despite winning the gold medal at five of their last seven tournaments, Nova Scotia claimed silver medals at the 2013 and 2014 championships. The team, consisting of Oliver Pye, Peter Parsons, Simon Richard, Yvon Clement, Mason Smith, and John Courtney, were in second place after the round robin. Their round robin record included 4 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. The scores of the round robin games were:
BC – 7 NS – 3; NS – 6 Que – 1; NS – 9 BC2 – 3; NS – 2 Alta – 2, NS – 8 Ont – 1; NS – 11 Man – 7
In the semi –finals, Nova Scotia played the third place Quebec team and defeated them by a score of 12 to 2. This set up a repeat of the teams in the 2014 final, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. The three starting players on the BC team are all members of the current Canadian Goalball Team. In the 2014 gold medal game, the two teams were tied after regulation play, two sudden death overtime periods, and a set of penalty shots. BC won the 2014 title by defeating Nova Scotia in the second round of sudden death free throws. However, Nova Scotia beat BC in the Gold Medal game at the Michigan Tournament in February 2015. That was Nova Scotia’s second consecutive gold medal win in this very prestigious goalball tournament. In the final match in Toronto, Nova Scotia displayed their very strong defensive talents and capitalized on any errors made by their opponents. Nova Scotia defeated BC by a score of 8 to zero and captured the 2015 Canadian Goalball Championships. Simon Richard, our center, was selected as Outstanding Male Player of the Tournament.
Simon Richard represented Canada at the 2014 World Championships in Finland. Oliver Pye was selected earlier this year to represent Canada at the upcoming 2015 World Goalball Championships that will be held in Korea in May. Peter Parsons was named as an alternate to that team. Nova Scotia is very excited about our prospects for having Nova Scotia team players selected to the teams that will represent Canada at the 2015 ParaPan Ams in Toronto in August as well as the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Our Nova Scotia ladies team did an awesome job at the 2015 Nationals. The team consisting of Jennie Bovard, Stephanie Berry, Tarah Sawler, and Kelly Boudreau have improved so much, both offensively and defensively. Despite beating the eventual Bronze Medal winners, British Columbia, by a score of 9 to 3, Nova Scotia was knocked out of the semi-finals by a 4-3 loss to Alberta. They received compliments from other provinces and before long we know that they will be bringing a medal home.