2017 Charity Auction Thank You

An enormous Thank You to all those business owners and individuals who donated to make this years Blind Sports NS Charity Auction our most successful yet!

We raised $5,600. Every dollar will support blind and visually impaired athletes, of all ages & skill levels. We are so grateful and excited to continue growing competitive & recreational sports for all in our communities.

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Come Try Tandem Biking with us!

We’re excited to announce this season’s first Try Tandem Biking event in Halifax!

ilhouette of a pair tandem cycling in front of a blue sky
ilhouette of a pair tandem cycling in front of a blue sky

Blind Sports Nova Scotia’s Tandem Bike Club invites anyone with Vision Loss interested in trying out and learning more about this inclusive recreational sport to participate.

We also welcome any friends or family members who interested in becoming a volunteer pilot.

This is a free event!

This message also serves as a notice for those looking to loan one of our 3 tandems (details below). They are now available to reserve.

Event details

When: Wednesday, May 24th. 6:30 to 8pm

Where: St Andres Community Centre Parking lot. On Barnstead Lane, off of Bayers Rd.

What: Community members with vision loss can try tandem biking in a safe & controlled environment, with experienced volunteer pilots.

Please R.S.V.P. by Sunday, May 21st

Email us at tandembikes@blindsportsnovascotia.ca

or call Jennie at 902-449-0320

or R.S.V.P to the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/215174482316377/

Please bring a bicycle helmet, if you have one, and let us know if you need detailed directions, bus information, or assistance getting from a bus stop to the event location. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

How it Works

Tandem biking (on a bicycle for 2), with a pilot, makes getting active in the great outdoors with friends, family, and peers more accessible for individuals with vision loss.

A pilot rides in front, steering, shifting gears, and communicating effectively with the stoker (person riding on the back seat).

Ways to Ride with Us 

Loan a Bike – We have 3 tandem bikes available for short & long-term loans to individuals with vision loss. We provide riding and safety instruction and a roster of trained volunteer pilots, or ride with a sighted friend or family member. Please contact us with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

Group Rides – We host group rides and attend community events, too. It’s a fun way to get outdoors and get active and everyone’s welcome!

Stay in touch

Email us at tandembikes@blindsportsnovascotia.ca to receive communications about upcoming group rides & other Tandem Bike Club & cycling events! You can also find us on Twitter @BlindSportsNS and Facebook: Blind Sports Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Earns Double-Bronze at 2017 Senior Goalball Nationals

A very belated shout out to the men’s & women’s goalball teams of Nova Scotia. The teams snagged double-bronze at the 2017 Senior National Goalball Championships on the weekend of April 21st.

Our men lost 5 to 4 in a close back & fourth finale game with Alberta and brough home their 5th National medal in a row.

The women (Nova-Q) beat Alberta 9 to 1 in the final game, earning Nova Scotia’s first ever Nationals medal for women’s goalball.

Special thanks to Nancy Morin, legendary goalball athlete out of Quebec, and to coaches, officials, referees, volunteers, along with everyone who made the tournament possible.

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Mason Smith, Alex Angus MacEachen, Simon Richard, Peter Parsons, Oliver Pye, Linda MacRae Triff (coach), Nancy Morin, Jennie Board, Stephanie Berry, Tarah Sawler.

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Linda MacRae Triff (coach), Nancy Morin  (coach), Oliver Pye, Simon Richard, Peter Parsons, Alex Angus MacEachen, Mason Smith.

IMG_0333Nancy Morin, Jennie Bovard, Stephanie Berry, Tarah Sawler, Linda MacRae Triff (coach), Cathy Sadler (coach).

 

Halifax Heroes: Blind Sports volunteer responds to the call of the goalball

Let our fearless and dedicated Head Goalball Coach and Halifax Hero, Linda MacRae Triff, be your Monday Motivation. Read the full article. 

On behalf of the Blind Sports NS Board, recreational and competitive athletes, parents, and countless lives you’ve touched, THANK YOU is not enough.

“Seeing these adults and youths enjoying activities that other people take for granted is very rewarding. Both my boys have helped with blind sports since they were very young. They have no doubts about the abilities of people with a visual impairment. It would be great if the rest of the world realized it.”

linda triff Halifax Heroes 2017

 

Join us for our Annual Charity Auction This Saturday!

Our charity auction takes place this Saturday at 6pm! We hope you can join us for good deals, good times, all for a good cause.

Just $5 at the door includes paddle and a drink!

This event is held annually in support of blind and visually impaired goalball players of all ages and skill levels.

2017 BSNS AUCTION POSTERAUCTION POSTER Description 
Inside a navy blue box at the top left
Saturday, April 1st 6pm
Dave Doolittle’s Sports Bar & Grill  
90 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth
Just $5 at the door includes paddle and a drink!
A pink-red graphic in the right top corner reads: Deals & special offers
Below that the Nova Scotia flag and a graphic of a black and white figure wearing eyeshades and throwing a goalball
The centre of the poster reads: CCB Blind Sports Nova Scotia Annual Charity Auction 
Below that and to the left is a seal that reads Auction and below that Dave Doolittle’s Sportsbar and Grill logo 
To the right in a navy blue box reads: 
Join us for a fun evening in support of blind and visually impaired athletes, of all ages & skill levels, who will represent Nova Scotia in the Paralympic sport of goalball nationally and internationally.
All funds directly support athletes with vision loss
Connect & learn more about us on Facebook, Twitter, 
www.blindsportsnovascotia.ca, info@blindsportsnovascotia.ca 
Below that the Canadian Council of the Blind “A lack of sight is not a lack of vision” logo, Blind Sports Nova Scotia logo, as well as Facebook & Twitter logos appear.

5th annual 2017 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament gets underway this weekend

From Canadian Blind Hockey’s Facebook Page, click on the following link for more about the tournament ADAPTED PUCK DROPS IN 48 HOURS! TIME TO GET REALLY EXCITED! #Blind #Hockey players from all across North America are beginning to arrive in Toronto for the 5th annual 2017 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

And check out AMI’s profile on hockey player Simon Richard from Dieppe, New Brunswick, one of five players representing Atlantic Canada at the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

Thank You GoodLife Spin 4 Kids!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the GoodLife Kids Foundation Spin4Kids event this past Saturday in Halifax!

Your efforts help fund inclusive programs, like Junior Goalball in Nova Scotia, where kids with vision loss can get active with their peers. Pictured accepting a whopping $10,000 cheque are Junior Goalball participants, Matt and Nick, CCB Blind Sports NS Chair Peter Parsons, and a representative from GoodLife Kids.

Spin4Kids 2017 - Blind Sports Nova Scotia 3 Spin4Kids 2017 - Blind Sports Nova Scotia