We’re sending best wishes and a great time to the many members & friends of Blind Sports NS participating in this weekend’s Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon events!
We’re not only getting active in an awesome atmosphere, but also raising awareness and funds in support of our programs and athletes.
Blind Sports NS’s Jennie Bovard recently sat down for a conversation about everything Blind Sports NS. Check out this great local podcast, Promoting a Cause, to learn about who we are and what we do. There are plenty of ways to support our members & programs, volunteering and donating to name a few! Comment or send us a message to find out more!
Each year, through the wonderful #Suppor4Sport Awards program, Blind Sports NS honours shining stars in their respective categories. Last weekend, we were proud to recognize the following individuals:
Would you or someone you know living with vision loss like to give tandem biking a try?
Would you or someone you know be interested in volunteering your time to help make biking accessible for people with vision loss?
Tandem biking is a great way for people living with vision loss to get active, while having fun outdoors, with friends, family, and peers.
A tandem bike is a bicycle built for two. A sighted cyclist rides in front, steers, breaks, and communicates effectively with the cyclist with vision loss on the back. The two cycle together as a team to enjoy this inclusive recreational activity.
The Tandem Bike Club has a fleet of tandem bikes available to participants with vision loss, as well as a roster of trained volunteer pilots, available for short or long term loan.
We also host regular group bike rides and participate in community bike events while the weather permits.
The Tandem Bike Club will be hosting both a Volunteer Orientation session and Try Tandem Biking Day and we’d love you to join us!
This event is for participants with vision loss who want to give tandem biking a try in a safe environment, with experienced volunteers, while learning best practices & safety tips.
This event is also for community members or family/friends of participants living with vision loss who want to receive training as a tandem bike pilot (person with sight who sits in front). Pilot training includes basic sighted guide technique, sight loss 101 & etiquette, and more.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
June 22, 2019 Cancelled due to weather
Halifax Alta Gymnastics parking lot (Barnstead Lane off Bayers Rd)
Volunteer Pilot Orientation Session
10 to 11 a.m.
Try Tandem Biking
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
by Tuesday, June 18th
Connect with us on Facebook
Text or call Jennie: 902-449-0320
We provide helmets. Please wear close-toed shoes, pants that are not too loose-fitting at the ankles, and bring water.
If you’d like to reserve a bike, want to arrange a 1 on 1 orientation as a pilot and/or participant with vision loss, or have your own bike and need a volunteer pilot, connect with us via the RSVP contact info above.
We look forward to hearing from you and putting your butt on a bike this season!
This year’s Blind Sports Charity Auction was another huge success! We’d like to extend an immense THANK YOU to Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar Too, for hosting us again this year. Thank you, to all who donated (there are too many to name with over 100 items donated). Thank you to all of the bidders and volunteers, who made this impactful event possible.
This Saturday night, don’t miss out on incredible deals and a great time!!
Every dollar raised makes it possible for blind athletes of all ages to compete locally & internationally in goalball and helps us grow impactful programs, like tandem biking and group fitness.
Just $5 at the door lets you bid live on a selection of everyday goods & services, like massages and local restaurants, as well as not so every day items, like sweet sports memorabilia and fine jewellery.
Check out the Facebook event.
Three days, 10 teams from across Canada, thirty-six games, and one incredible weekend of goalball!
Canadian Senior National Goalball Championships were held in Halifax May 10 to 12 for the 5th time in the competition’s 43 year history.
For the third yea run a row, the Nova Scotia men’s team captured bronze in the final against Quebec, Alberta secured silver, and British Columbia won gold.
On the women’s side, Ontario All Blacks defeated Alberta in a tight match to win 1st place at least the 10th year in a row. In the east versus west bronze medal game, British Columbia won over Nova Scotia with a score of 4 to 2.
Nova Scotia’s Nick Gentlemen, a student at Citadel High where the competition as held, received this year’s Spirit Award. This honour is awarded to the athlete who most demonstrates great sportsmanship and love for the game.
We congratulate everyone who competed & coached this weekend and we’re beyond grateful for the continued support of the dedicated community of officials, volunteers, organizing committee, and spectators.
The competition was hosted by Blind Sports Nova Scotia, in partnership with Canadian Blind Sports, and would not have been possible without the following generous contributors:
Blind Sports Nova Scotia is proud, along with Canadian Blind Sports, to be hosting the 2019 Canadian Senior National Goalball Championships.
Provincial teams from across Canada compete in Halifax Friday, May 10, to Sunday, May 12th, at Citadel Community Centre.
Nova Scotia athletes have set a precedent in provincial parasport, by earning 5 medals in competition so far this year. Experience this high-intensity sport and witness parlaympians compete live!
Admission to watch is free and spectators are welcome. Please be quiet while the game is in play.
Keep tabs on our Facebook event for results!
Day 3 of the tournament, including final matches, will be streamed on Facebook Live.
Nova Scotia Junior Girls won their first ever Gold Medal at the 2019 Canadian Junior Goalball Championships held at Brantford, Ontario this past weekend.
Our girls, who won silver last year, met the 2018 champions, British Columbia, in the gold medal game. Nova Scotia, consisting of Tarah Sawler, Shams Hamad, Alexis Butler, and Emily Kinnear,defeated the British Columbia girls by a score of 8 to 2 to capture the gold.
Nova Scotia Junior Boys won their second consecutive Gold Medal at these Junior Goalball Championships.
Nova Scotia boys first won the gold in 2018 in front of their home crowd in Halifax. Ontario, the 2017 champions, won the silver medal in Halifax and were hungry to retake the title in Ontario. However, our Nova Scotia boys, Mason Smith, Nick Gentleman, Matthew Gentleman, and Griffin Hiltz won the gold medal in the final game with a score of 14 to 4.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the tournament officials choose the 2019 Junior Goalball “All Tournament Teams” in both the Boys and Girls divisions. The girls selected were Tarah Sawler and Shams Hamad of Nova Scotia and Haley Olinyk of British Columbia. The boys selected were Mason Smith and Nick Gentleman of Nova Scotia and Nader Ibrahim of Ontario.
Both Nova Scotia teams were coached by Linda MacRae Triff and Peter Parsons.
The 2019 Senior National Goalball Championships will be held in Halifax from May 10 to May 12 at Citadel High School.
– Linda MacRae Triff, Head Coach