COVID-19 UPDATE Proof of vaccination required as of Oct 4 2021

Beginning October 4, 2021, in accordance with provincial Covid-19 guidelines, proof of vaccination will be required to participate in or volunteer for all Blind Sports NS programs.

Participants and volunteers aged 12 and up must be prepared to provide proof of double vaccination and photo ID.
For goalball and all other programs, proof of vaccination will be checked by a coach or program leader. The rental facility, such as George Dixon Centre, may also verify proof of full vaccination upon entry.

We thank you for your cooperation.

For Covid-19 information and updates, visit the following link for up-to-date information from NS Department of Health & Wellness: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Join our Bluenose Marathon 2021 team!

We’re excited to be recruiting for the Blind Sports NS 2021 Bluenose Marathon and Charity Challenge team! 

Join us and walk or run a variety of distances on November 6th & 7th and raise funds for Blind Sports NS programs and/or future individual athlete expenses!

Click here to register! Be sure to join the Blind Sports Nova Scotia Charity Challenge team. 

A runner and guide in neon green shirts show off their finisher medals and sport big smiles

Anyone can register & join the team and the Bluenose is in person again this year (yay!), with a virtual option also available. 

Walk or run with a choice of a variety of distances! Find out more here. 

We can connect participants to a run or walk guide on request. 

Regrettably, free registrations are not being offered to charities this year. Registration fees range from just $20 for youth to $50 and up, depending on the distance and when you register. Find pricing here. 

Participants receive an official event T-Shirt, Race Bib and the official Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon Finished’er medal. Find training plans and more at www.bluenosemarathon.com. 

If you or someone you know would like to donate to Blind Sports Nova Scotia’s Bluenose 2021 team, without registering for the event, visit our Make a Donation page.

Thanks for helping us spread the word and the fundraising link above.

Questions? Need help registering? Please email us at blindsportsns@gmail.com.

Sport Makes A Difference Award

Congratulations and THANK YOU to coach Linda!

This year, Support4Sport​  introduced the SPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE AWARD honouring one individual, group, organization, or committee who went above and beyond for their sport despite the challenges brought forth by the pandemic.

To us, nobody is more deserving than coach Linda MacRae Triff​.

Linda’s a hero to goalball athletes and has volunteered with the sport for over 15 years. She’s a positive role model and mentor both on and off the court. During the pandemic, the easiest thing would have been canceling practices, but Linda worked very hard to make program adjustments to ensure athletes had a safe environment and kept active. She’s a great asset to the sport and admired by everyone she works with.

 Read all about this year’s winners here.

 

Ready & Able: Men’s National Goalball team programming cancelled

Please share far & wide to help us raise awareness! Thanks to CBC Nova Scotia speaking with Peter Parsons, member of Men’s National Goalball Team and Chair of Blind Sports NS. “Members of the Men’s National Goalball team are concerned an announcement by the Canadian Blind Sport Association (CBSA) to cancel their national team programming could mean an end to the existence of men’s goalball in Canada. Peter Parsons is a member of the men’s national goalball team and chair of Blind Sport Nova Scotia. He explains the repercussions of this decision and what they are doing about it.”

 

Athlete Profile on Peter Parsons

A fantastic Chronicle Herald profile of stellar Nova Scotian goalball athlete, and Blind Sports NS Chair, Peter Parsons! We love seeing parasport and its athletes getting mainstream attention like this.

ATHLETE PROFILE: Halifax resident raising the sports bar, despite challenges

“I used to think, when I was 40, oh, maybe I have two years left, maybe I have five years left,” says Parsons. “But I’ve stopped doing that. I think I was putting a time limit on myself because that’s kind of what the norm is. But now I’m 45 and I’ve just decided to stop saying that. I’ll basically keep playing until I don’t enjoy it anymore.” – Peter Parsons