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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-449-0320. You can also message us on Facebook!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
APSEA Auxiliary Fall Fair is back this year and they are still accepting donations from fantastic people, like you!
This event is also a great way to get your holiday shopping started early!
Funds raised support of Children and Youth Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind, Blind or Visually Impaired and takes place Saturday, November 4th, from 1 to 3 pm at APSEA 5940 South St, Halifax
Donations can be dropped off at the school. The second, taller, building. Security will greet you. Can’t get your donation the school? Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can include:
Gently used household items, such as dishes, No Electronics
Quality linens, drapes, bedding etc.
Toys, no stuffed toys
Gently used clothes, shoes, handbags etc
Holiday and Christmas Items, this is one of our biggest sellers!!
Silent Auction prizes, such as gift baskets