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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

 

 

Don’t Drop the Ball, get your online 50/50 draw tickets!

Everyone loves a good 50/50 draw!

Now’s your chance to keep Blind Sports Nova Scotia programs going through Sport Split, a province-wide multi-sport online 50/50 draw to help teams, clubs and organizations raise funds in partnership with Sport Nova Scotia.
 
Tickets are just 3 for $5, 10 for $10, 30 for $20 and 100 for $50, until Friday, Dec 31st at 6pm. The draw takes place the following day at 10am. The November winner snagged $10,222.50!
 
Any resident of Nova Scotia who is 19 years of age or older is eligible. to purchase tickets.
 

Don’t drop the ball, your tickets now: https://sportsplit.5050central.com/?olc=BlindSportsNovaScotia 

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3 Nova Scotians Named to Canadian Men’s National Goalball team Pool

We could all use a bit of good news right now and we’ve sure got you covered there. Blind Sports NS is beyond proud to say that three, yes three, Nova Scotians have been named as part of Canada’s national men’s goalball team pool!

The newest addition is Nick Gentleman and returning to the team pool are Peter Parsons & Mason Smith.

A massive congratulations to all of the athletes on your hard work and accomplishments! Visit the link for all the juicy details

Blind Sports NS Chair talks Covid-19 impacts on Neutral Zone Podcast

Have you heard the #NeutralZone show/podcast from Accessible Media Inc.?

Blind Sports NS Chair, as well as goalball athlete & coach, Peter Parsons joined the show to talk, with his usual passion, about how we’re handling the impact of Covid-19 on our organization as well as the hopeful plan to return to play this fall. Check out the show, available at the following links. Peter is on around the 23-minute point.

We’re excited to put butts on tandem bikes again!

We’re excited to start putting #ButtsOnBikes again! Tandem bikes are now officially available for short and long-term loans!

Each tandem bike is thoroughly sanitized by a professional bicycle technician before and after each loan.

Some instruction can be provided to pairs interested in loaning a tandem, but it is preferred that riders have at least some tandem biking experience.

If you and a trusted friend or loved one would like to borrow a tandem bike for the day, the weekend, or long-term, just get in touch: 

Message us on Facebook 

Email blindsportsns@gmail.com 

Call or text 902 449 0320 (Jennie)

We are unable to safely host group rides and cannot provide volunteer pilots/captains at this time. 

We will not be hosting any group orientation sessions for volunteers and those brand new to tandem cycling until further notice. 

2 people with tandem bike. They're in a park and smiling.

Congrats to the 2020 Support4Sport Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Blind Sports Nova Scotia #Support4Sport winners!!

Nova Scotia Junior Boys Goalball Team – Team of the Year and OVERALL Finalists!!
Linda MacRae Triff- Coach of the Year
Shams Hamad – Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Mason Smith – Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Peter Parsons – Senior Male Athlete of the Year                                     Jeff Sawler – Official of the Year

Tarah Sawler – Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Cathy Sawler – Volunteer of the Year
Catch the #Support4Sport Awards online tonight at 6pm! Visit Support4Sport on Facebook.

Blind Sports Nova Scotia‘s own Junior Boys Goalball team are a finalist for Team of the Year, along with the Nova Scotia 17U Selects baseball team! This is big news because this is the first time that we have had a team, athlete, coach, official or volunteer make it as a finalist.

The NS Junior Boys Goalball Team team, consists of Mason Smith, Nick Gentleman, Matt Gentleman and Griffin Hiltz. The boys won the gold medal at the 2019 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships, was held last April and it was the second straight year the NS Junior boys won junior nationals. They also won at home in 2018. Alex Angus MacEachen played on the 2018 team that won Nova Scotia’s first ever junior national title. Also, it’s exciting to note that we celebrated double gold last year with our junior girls team winning gold.

2020 Award Winners Support4Sport Blind Sports Nova Scotia  Nova Scotia Junior Boys Goalball Team - Team of the Year and OVERALL Finalists!!  Linda MacRae Triff - Coach of the Year  Shams Hamad - Junior Female Athlete of the Year  Mason Smith - Junior Male Athlete of the Year  Peter Parsons - Senior Male Athlete of the Year Tarah Sawler - Senior Female Athlete of the Year  Cathy Sawler - Volunteer of the Year

In Memory of Nancy Morin, Canadian Goalball Legend

It is with very sad and heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of Nancy Morin. Our condolences go out to her family and those closest to her. Nancy will be fondly remembered as a friend & mentor and accomplished goalball athlete who consistently demonstrated genuine sportsmanship.

She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by the Blind Sports Nova Scotia family and all those whose lives she touched through sport and beyond. May you rest easy, Nancy.

Here is the link to the official news release:  GOALBALL : NANCY MORIN, LE BRAS CANADIEN, S’ÉTEINT and the English version on Facebook, here.

Learn all about Nancy’s accomplishments in representing Canada on the world’s goalball court here.

The photos below are from 2017, when Nancy joined the NS Women’s goalball team to form Nova-Q. Nancy was key in the team capturing silver at the annual tournament in Michigan. Nancy and her legendary shot also helped Nova-Q win the first ever medal at Goalball Nationals for Nova Scotia women in 2017. At 2017 Goalball Nationals, she also assistant-coached the Nova Scotia men’s team, securing double-bronze for Nova Scotia, another first.

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