Category Archives: Update

COVID-19 Update from Blind Sports NS

In response to COVID-19, all Blind Sports Nova Scotia programs have been cancelled until further notice. 

This includes Goalball, Blind Hockey, tandem cycling, and running, and all demonstrations & volunteer engagements. 

To our members/participants, volunteers, and the community, we hope you stay safe and active responsibly during these challenging times. 

We’ll continue to share updates and tips for staying physically active at home. 

Canadian Blind Sports/Sports Aveugles Canada has postponed, until further notice, the 2020 Senior National Goalball Championships

2020 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament – Postponed

Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon 2020 postponed until Fall 2020

2020 Ontario Provincial Goalball Championships until further notice

– CCB Blind Sports NS family 

Bonvie MacDonald Grant helps grow goalball in antigonish

We’d like to extend a long overdue enormous THANK YOU to the Bonvie MacDonald Rinks to Links Golf Classic Grant for helping us grow opportunities in sport & recreation for youth in Antigonish through goalball! 

Pictured are Linda MacRae Triff & Peter Parsons (coaches) with Tariq, goalball player, and Craig MacDonald presenting the grant cheque.

4 people in gymnasium holding goalball and cheque

Learn more about Dennis Bonvie & Craig MacDonald, former NHLers who make the grant possible. 

5th Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament Nov 22-24 2019

THE RESULTS ARE IN! 

Men’s Division
1st – Nova Scotia
2nd – Quebec
3rd – Ontario

Rec. Division
1st – NS Women
2nd – Bob Juniors
3rd – Ship Recs

Check out the Facebook event for detailed scores. 

The 5th edition of the Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament is the only event of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The 2019  competition will host teams from Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. This opportunity to compete would not be possible without incredible sponsors!

Poster Description: A shoulders up profile photo of a person with short curly hair and wearing goalball eyeshades in deep focus. 5th Annual Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament Nov 22-24 2019 Citadel High, Halifax Admission is Free! Blind Sports NS and provincial coat of arms lion in yellow. Featured Sponsors logos include: Accel Physiotherapy & Sport Performance Centre; Accessible Media Inc; PNL Communications Group; CNIB Foundation.

THANK YOU to our GOLD sponsors this year! ACCEL Physiotherapy and Sport Performance Centre, a supporter of the tournament since day 1, and PNL Communications Group.

Accel Physiotherapy & Sport Performance logo

PNL Communications Group

 

Another Group Tandem Bike Ride Sun Aug 4!

We are gearing up for another tandem bike ride and you should join us!

For riders with some experience, this will be a 2 hour bike ride along the Chain of Lakes and BLT Trails.

Please find details below and RSVP as soon as possible. Tandem bikes & volunteer pilots are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

Group of 10 cyclists on a trail, varying ages, sexes, wearing helmets on a trail with bikes

Sunday, August 4, 2019

9:30 a.m. to approx. 12 p.m.  

RSVP by replying to this email 

call or text 902-449-0320 

Connect on Facebook 

At 9:30 a.m., we’ll Meet on Barnstead Lane at Halifax Alta Gymnastics (off of Bayers Rd & public transit accessible) and walk bikes a few blocks to the Chain of Lakes Trail Head.

Please let us know if this meet up location is not accessible for you or if there are any additional questions or requests (someone can meet you at a nearby bus stop).

We have a fleet of tandem bikes available for this ride. We provide helmets. 

We can offer a trained volunteer pilot for this ride, just let us know if you’ll need one! Volunteer pilots are available for those bringing their own tandem bike, too.

If you would like a friend or family member, who is a confident cyclist, to pilot a Blind Sports NS tandem bike, please let us know to ensure they receive orientation prior to the ride.

Friends & family with all types of bikes are welcome!!

If you’ll be joining us on your own bike and would prefer, feel free to meet us at the Chain of Lakes Trail head, right in front of Shoppers Drug Mart at Joseph Howe Dr. and Bayers Rd around 9:45-9:50.

We look forward to hearing from you! Learn more about tandem biking and how it works on our Tandem Biking page. 

 

Group Bike Ride Sunday July 14

We are excited to finally be hosting our first group ride of 2019. We’ll warm up with a short 45 minute bike ride along the Chain of Lakes Trail in Halifax. 

3 tandem bikes parked

Please find details below and RSVP as soon as possible, as tandem bikes & volunteer pilots are reserved on a first come first serve basis. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

9:30 a.m. to approx. 11 a.m.  

At 9:30 a.m., we’ll Meet on Barnstead Lane at Halifax Alta Gymnastics (off of Bayers Rd and bus accessible) and walk bikes a few blocks to the Chain of Lakes Trail Head. 

This is an easy-going and well-maintained trail. 

Please let us know if this meet up location is not accessible for you or if there are any additional questions or requests (someone can meet you at a nearby bus stop).

We have a fleet of tandem bikes available for this ride. We provide helmets.  

We can offer a trained volunteer pilot for this ride, just let us know if you’ll need one! Volunteer pilots are available for those brining their own tandem bike, too. 

If you would like a friend or family member, who is a confident cyclist, to pilot a Blind Sports NS tandem bike, please let us know to ensure they receive orientation prior to the ride. 

Friends & family with all types of bikes are welcome!! 

If you’ll be joining us on your own bike and would prefer, feel free to meet us at the Chain of Lakes Trail head, right in front of Shoppers Drug Mart at Joseph Howe Dr. and Bayers Rd around 9:45-9:50.

We look forward to hearing from you! Email: blindsportsns@gmail.com  Call or text: 902-449-0320  Connect on Facebook

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

 

Blind Ball Hockey Hits Halifax this summer

NS Blind Hockey & Blind Sports NS are excited to share a new summer program for blind and visually impaired kids, teens, and adults of all experience & skill levels.

A goalie is positioned in front of a hockey net as a mother shoots the ball in that direction

Blind Ball Hockey is a fun way to get active while learning blind hockey skills in the floor hockey format. It’s also a great way for blind ice hockey athletes to maintain their skills over the summer months. 

The ball is adapted to be audible to players, sticks always stay below the waist, and nets are half as tall as conventional.

Get all of the details here!