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See you at our Annual Charity Auction Sat Apr 21 in Halifax!

Blind Sports NS, a 100% volunteer-run charitable organization, are excited to be hosting our most fun annual fund raising event on Saturday, April 21st – the Blind Sports NS Charity Auction!

Poster Description: Blind Sports NS Charity Auction (Deal & Special Offers) Saturday, April 21st at 6pm Bubba Rays Too 7071 Bayers Rd Just 5$ at the door includes auction paddle & drink  Images include 2 goalball players blocking shot, a pair on a tandem bike, and a group participating a group fitness class with mats A fun evening in support of sport, creation, and fitness programs for Nova Scotians of all ages with visionless. Amazing deals from local businesses & services. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, blindsportsnovascotia.ca, info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca

Every dollar raised helps us grow opportunities in sport, recreation, and fitness programs for Nova Scotians with vision loss of all ages.

Just $5 at the door gets you an auction paddle and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Amazing and unique deals to be had on a wide variety of local products, services, and everything in between!

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or email info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca 

Curious what we’re auctioning off next weekend? Here’s just a taste!
Murphy’s (including Tall Ship Silva, Cocktail Cruise, and deep sea fishing), Atlantic Superstore, Bistro Le Coq, Captured Escape Rooms, David’s Tea, Halifax Transit (passes), Java Blend coffee, Yoga with Moksha, New Scotland Clothing, Nine Locks Brewing, Rousseau Chocolatier, Stillwell Beer Bar, Saje Natural Wellness…

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Bistro Le Coq (above)CAPTURED ESCAPE davidstea HALIFAX TRANSIT JavaBlendLogos MOKSHA HALIFAX new scotland clothing NINE LOCKS ROUSSEAU saje STILLWELL

See you there!

Download the poster: BSNS AUCTION POSTER 2018 2

2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships Wrap-up

profile of Mason Smith, of the NS team wearing eyeshades, appearing focused on the goalball court.  Courtesy of Stephen Burke.
Congratulations to all athletes & coaches who participated in the 2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships!
Final Standings women:
1st British Columbia
2nd Nova Scotia
3rd Ontario
Final Standings men:
1st Nova Scotia
2nd Ontario
3rd British Columbia + Quebec
THANK YOU to all volunteers, organizers, officials, Halifax Independent School, and all of our sponsors & supporters!! Without you, this national parasport competition would not have been possible.
For all the scores, photos, and more from the tournament, visit the Facebook Event Page and Canadian Blind Sports’ page.

2018 Junior Goalball National Championships come to Halifax Apr 7 & 8

For the first time in the history, this annual parasport event comes to Halifax, Nova Scotia!

2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships Championnat canadien de goalball junior 2018  Pictured is a young goalball player, wearing eyeshades and a blue jersey, launching a shot down the court.   April 7 & 8 avril  Halifax Independent School   Spectators welcome! Spectateurs bienvenus   Logos:  Canadian Blind Sports Association / Sports Aveugles Canada  Facebook & Twitter  Blind Sports Nova Scotia - www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca Government of Nova Scotia / Nouvelle Ecosse  Government of Canada Accessible Media Inc.

Blind Sports Nova Scotia and Canadian Blind Sports/Sports Aveugles Canada are proud to be hosting the 2018 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships.

This unique & exciting parasport event brings up-and-coming junior goalball athletes from across Canada to compete for top spot in the growing sport of goalball.

Spectators are welcome and admission to watch is free.

Full schedule and live stream information coming soon on Facebook.

Download the PDF programme, including schedule: 2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS PROGRAMME

PDF Media RELEASE 2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS

Download the posters: 
2018 CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMPS SPONSORS POSTER
CDN JR GOALBALL CHAMP 2018 POSTER

Accessible Spin Classes at Canada Games Centre

Thanks to our growing partnership with Canada Games Centre, some regularly-scheduled spin classes are now accessible for community members with vision loss! Indoor spinning  (on stationary bikes) is a safe and super fun way to get active, no matter the weather outside.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday Spin 5:30pm with D.W.

  • Thursday Spin Gold 10:15am with Melissa

  • Friday Spin 5:30pm with Anne

  • Saturday Spin 9am D.W.

Canada Games Centre logo

For Canada Games Centre address, rates, and more, visit. www.canadagamescentre.ca 

What makes these spin classes accessible? Through a pilot project and by offering training to spin instructors, classes are made accessible by instructors using verbal cues to describe each exercise and technique. For example, instructors will count beats aloud so you know how fast you’re meant to be pedalling. Spin Instructors listed in the schedule have also received basic sighted guide and etiquette training. They can also help you get familiar with the stationary bike, including mounting and dismounting safely and how to adjust tension.

  • Regular Canada Games Centre fees and policies apply, but sighted guides accompany you to classes for free and guide dogs of course are welcome.
  • Canada Games Centre is accessible by public transit and is located directly next to the (new) Lacewood bus terminal.
  • If your guide dog will be coming along, you may want to call ahead of time to arrange a safe and mutually-agreed upon place to park him/her during class.
  • Canada Games Centre is a big facility and the location spin classes can be tricky to find and navigate if you’re not familiar with the space, so you may want to call ahead of time to arrange for sighted guide from the front desk to the locker room and/or class or consider bringing along a sighted guide for your firs time.

For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennie, Blind Sports NS Tandem Bike Club Coordinator and Communications Director, at tandembikes@blindsportsnovascotia.ca or 902-449-0320. You can also message us on Facebook!

 

NS Ship Recs Capture GOLD for 2nd Year at ON Provincials/Eastern Goalball Tournament

Ontario Blind Sports Association‘s 2nd Pronvincial/Eastern Goalball Tournament got underway this past weekend. Huge congratulations are in order to the Nova Scotia Ship Recs, for capturing gold a second year in a row in the mixed rec division, overcoming Kitchener 5 to 4 in a close final game. Nova Scotia youth team, the Blizzards, brough home Bronze and the young Bluenosers gained valuable experienceon the court.

NS Ship Recs win gold a 2nd year in a row at ON Provincial/Eastern Goalball Tournament. From left to right: Peter Parsons (coach), Yvon Clement, Adam Noble, John Courtney, Jennifer MacNeil-Noble, Linda MacRae Triff (coach). Nova Scotia youth goalball team shakes hands with an opposing team after a game.

NS Men Compete at 18th Montreal Open Goalball Tournament

Update Jan 29, 2018: Visit us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on Nova Scotia’s performance and final tournament standings!

Best of luck to everyone at this weekend’s 18th Montreal Open Goalball Tournament hosted by Association sportive des aveugles du Québec!

The excitement gets underway tonight, January 26th through to Sunday, January, 28th.

The tournament kicks off with East versus West, with the Nova Scotia men’s team taking on Alberta at 6 pm Eastern (7 Atlantic). We’ll keep you up to speed, with updates & scores, this weekend!

Get the full schedule and details here. 

Thank you! 3rd Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament was a success

We’d like to say one last, enormous, thank you to everyone who helped us make the 3rd Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament such a great event!

Athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers, event organizing committee, our sponsors & supporters, the spectators. THANK YOU!

Here’s how the standings shook out:
1 Turnstone 1st Place
2 California Crown 2nd Place
3 Nova Scotia 3rd Place
4 Quebec 4th Place
5 Ontario All Black 5th Place
6 Atlantic Ship Recs 5th Place

image description: Thank You so Much written in various hand-drawn lettering.

3rd NS Open Goalball Tournament Starts Tomorrow!

Are you as pumped as we are? This year’s Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament starts tomorrow, Friday, November 17th!

Teams from Nova Scotia, Quebec (defending champions), the United States, and Ontario will compete for gold in the only parasprot event of its kind in atlantic Canada!

Event poster description: Friday Nov 17 to Sunday, Nov 19. Halifax Citadel Community Centre. Admission is free for spectators! 3rd Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament. The only event of its kind in Atlantic Canada! Witness athletes from Nova Scotia, Canada, and the U.S. go for gold at this elite parasport event! Proudly hosted by Blind Sports Nova Scotia and community sponsors. Proudly hosted by Blind Sports Nova Scotia and community sponsors. To sponsor this event or become a volunteer: Facebook & Twitter: Blind Sports Nova Scotia website: www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca email: info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca Sponsors & hosts logos: Accel Physiotherapy & Sport Performance Centre; CNIB; Accessible Media Inc

There will be a live stream & commentary on Saturday & Sunday. Click HERE to access our streaming channel.

Stay  up-to-date on the scores & standings by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Goalball Scoreboard.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, November 17th
6:00 – Nova Scotia vs. Ontario
6:55 – Quebec vs. Atlantic
7:50 – Crown vs. Turnstone

Saturday, November 18th
8:00 – Ontario vs. Quebec
8:55 – Turnstone vs. Nova Scotia
9:50 – Atlantic vs. Crown
10:45 – Nova Scotia vs. Quebec
11:40 – Turnstone vs. Atlantic
12:35 – Ontario vs. Crown

1:30 – Exhibition – Nova Scotia Youth

2:25 – Atlantic vs. Nova Scotia
3:20 – Crown vs. Quebec
4:15 – Ontario vs. Turnstone
5:10 – Crown vs. Nova Scotia
6:05 – Atlantic vs. Ontario
7:00 – Turnstone vs. Quebec

Sunday, November 19th
8:00 – Semi-finals – 1 vs. 4
9:00 – Semi-finals – 2 vs. 3
10:00 – 5 vs. 6

11:00 – Exhibition – NS Jr. & Sr. Women

12:00 – Bronze Medal Game
1:00 – Gold Medal Game
2:00 – Medal Ceremony

Big thank you to our sponsors & supporters – this event would not be possible without you!

Check out this video below and get even more pumped for action this weekend! A story from last year’s NS Open Goalball Tournament, about young goalball player Nick Gentlemen. He’ll be one of many local, national, and international athletes competing this weekend.

Made Possible by:

Accel Physiotherapy & Sport Performance Centre! accessible-media CNIB 100 years of change Canadian Council of the Blind a lack of sight is not a lack of vision

Volunteers Still Needed for 3rd NS Open Goalball Tourney

There’s still time to volunteer for our third annual NS Open Goalball Tournament – The only parasport event of its kind in Atlantic Canada!

We need goal judges, shot recorders, time keepers etc. No previous experience is required as we will provide training.

If you are able to sign up for more than one shift, it would be greatly appreciated. See shift schedule below.
Shift 1 – Fri, Nov 17 – 5:30 PM to 8:40 PM
Shift 2 – Sat, Nov 18 – 7:30 AM to 11:35 AM
Shift 3 – Sat, Nov 18 – 11:10 AM to 3:15 PM
Shift 4 – Sat, Nov 18 – 2:50 PM to 7:50 PM
Shift 6 – Sun, Nov 19 – 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Shift 7 – Sun, Nov 19 – 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please email Peter at info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca.

We are also looking for people who could help with driving athletes to and from the tournament venue to the tournament hotel (Atlantica) at the beginning and the end of each day.

We are also looking for people to help serve food to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.

Thank you for your consideration,
Peter Parsons, Chairperson
CCB Blind Sports NS