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2016 Rio Paralympics – Goalball Highlights

We’re trying to up-to-date on the all the Rio 2016 Paralympic action, especially goalball! Yesterday, the Canadian men took the first goalball win, beating Germany 5 to 7. The Canadian women’s goalball team beat Ukraine 3 to 2 today. Unfortunately, the goalball live stream is not working, but you can find the schedule & results here :

Follow games live with play-by-play with the Rio 2016 app.

Day 1 Highlights: 
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Volunteer Pilot Orientation (Tandem Biking)

Join us to learn more about the tandem bike club and how to be an effective volunteer tandem bike pilot for individuals with vision loss. We’ll also cover the basics of sighted-guide technique and you can experience riding as a stoker under blindfold.
How it Works
Tandem biking (on a bicycle for 2), with the help of a volunteer pilot, makes getting active in the great outdoors with friends, family, and peers more accessible for individuals who are blind and partially sighted. 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
Become a Pilot – Receive training from an experienced pilot then choose to pilot for individual requests and/or group and event rides! You should be confident riding a bike, have experience riding in different environments, and be a good verbal communicator.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to this event, we still welcome you to volunteer, as we offer training on an ongoing basis.
tandem biking

Vote For Blind Sports NS in the Support 4 Sport Grow Your Game Video Contest

We entered a video into the Support4Sport Grow Your Sport Contest. We have been selected as one of the 10 finalists and have a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 CAD. You can help our chances of winning by voting and asking everyone you know to vote for us through the website at

Voting starts TODAY at 9:00 a.m. Atlantic Time and ends on September 12, 2016 at 11:59pm A.T. There is a strict limit of ONE vote per person, per day. Please vote, share, and spread the word about this chance to help us grow goalball, along with recreational and competitive sport for Nova Scotians with vision loss. Thank you for your support! 

Watch our submission video here: You cannot vote on YouTube, visit to vote, please!

CBC Nova Scotia Calls on Volunteer Pilots (Tandem Cycling)

Thanks to CBC Nova Scotia for helping us get the word out about the Tandem Bike Club.

The response has been phenomenal and will help us grow the tandem bike club as well as recreational opportunities in the community! We received 22 messages within 24 hours of the article being published from people wanting to volunteer. Amazing.

A volunteer pilot orientation date is coming soon and we are beyond grateful for all of the support.

Link to news story – Volunteers needed to tandem cycle with people with vision loss

Janus Band Reunion Concert & Fund Raiser

Nova Scotia’s own Terry Kelly teams up with the Halifax School for the Blind Janus Band for a once in a lifetime reunion show!

Featuring: John Greer, Terry Main, Paul English, Mike Day, Alfred Larter, Bill Livingston, Huey Rhyno, Barry Abbott, and special guest Tarah Sawler

Funds raised support Blind Sports Nova Scotia and the APSEA Auxilliary, providing students with special toys and adaptive materials to enhance development of their sensory, motor and communication skills.

Saturday, October 15th
Celebration from 7pm to Midnight
APSEA Cafeteria 5940 South Street, 2nd building

Tickets are only $10 with a cash bar
Silent Auction Included
For advanced ticket sales call Patsy
902 429 3785 /
or Peter 902-404-5263 /

Check out the Facebook Event Page





An announcement on behalf of Gerry Nelson, President of Blind Golf Canada.

On behalf of Blind Golf Canada, we would like to introduce you to the Western Canadian Blind Golf Association (WCBGA), the Nova Scotia Blind Golf Association (NSBGA), and the Ontario Visually-Impaired Golfers (OVIG)!

The WCBGA, NSBGA, and OVIG are to Blind Golf Canada what the tour is to the PGA tour! At this level, our goal is to develop new blind golfers and promote competitive golf along with true sportsmanship amongst Canada’s blind and partially sighted community! For those who are eligible based on their visual acuities and wishing to play at a national and/or international level, Blind Golf Canada is a member country of the IBGA tour and is also an option for you!

For those of you who don’t know, blind golf is played by golfers who are totally blind or partially sighted (with an acuity of 20/200 or less or a visual field of less than 20 degrees). Simply put, if you are eligible for and possess a CNIB ID card, you can play. The rules are the same; the only difference being that blind golfers may ground their club in a hazard. We use the aid of a sighted guide and it is game on!

The WCBGA, NSBGA, and OVIG consist of the four western provinces, Nova Scotia, and Ontario and while our members are hosting and partaking in tournaments held in these six provinces, we are always looking for new golfers and provinces to join us!

We would like to welcome you at Blind Golf Canada! Our motto is You Can Still Play! It is our hope that as someone who is blind or partially-sighted, you will come out and join us. It doesn’t matter if you are a sighted individual, get involved as a volunteer, guide or a score keeper at a tournament in your local area, or just come out and watch us, you will be amazed! Please check our website for a calendar of events at

For further info in your local area, please contact the following:

Gerry Nelson,
President, Blind Golf Canada

Darren Douma
President, WCBGA

Glen Babcock
President, OVIG

Boyd Stewart,
President, NSBGA

The Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and the Blind Sports NS Tandem Bike Club invites you, your friends, and family, to join us again at this year’s Picnic at the Oval! We’ll have tandem bikes and experienced pilots on hand for a spin around the Oval, there will be a BBQ, and other fun events!
When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Where: The Emera Oval, on the commons
Sighted guides and sign language interpreters on site
Thanks to the City of Halifax & the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission for making this event possible!

picnic poster 2016 final

Come Try Tandem Biking! We’re looking for volunteer pilots and blind or partially sighted riders.

UPDATE – RAIN DATE:  If you were interested in attending our try out tandem biking event this coming Sunday, July 10th. Regrettably, due to the poor weather forecast, we have rescheduled the event for Saturday, July 16th from 2 to 4pm. We really hope you can make it!

Email us at or message us on Facebook by searching Blind Sports Nova Scotia.

We 3 helmets available for stokers, but we encourage pilots to bring their own.


Join us on Sunday, July 10th in Halifax from 10 to noon and try out tandem biking for fun & recreation. Please check us out on Facebook or email for more information and to RSVP.

Tandem biking (on a bicycle built for two) makes getting active in the great outdoors with friends old and new more accessible for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Blind Sports Nova Scotia’s Tandem Bike Club is excited to be hosting a try-it and training day for both new volunteer pilots and stokers.

A pilot is a sighted individual who rides up front, steers the bike, shifts gears, and communicates effectively with the stoker. The stoker in this case is a person with vision loss who rides on the back of the bike, pedals, and communicates effectively with the pilot. Pilots should be confident riding a bike, have experience riding in different environments, and be a good verbal communicator.

Blind Sports Nova Scotia’s tandem bike club provides short and long term tandem bike loans to individuals with vision loss. We also welcome and appreciate volunteer pilots.

More information for volunteers: BSNS TANDEM BIKE VOLUNTEER 2016

More information for blind and partially sighted riders; BSNS TANDEM BIKE CLUB 2016 POSTER


Blind Sports NS Athletes in the News

Congratulations, Simon Richard, centre for Nova Scotia’s men’s goalball team,  on being selected to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games! (articles in French only)

Simon Richard participera aux Jeux paralympiques de Rio 

Goalball: Simon Richard est confirmé aux Jeux paralympiques de Rio

A fantastic article from The Casket featuring Alex Angus MacEachen, a 15-year-old from Mabou, won silver for Team Nova Scotia at the Junior Boys (20-and-Under) National Goalball Championships recently in Calgary.

MacEachen silver medallist

Check out this article about Mason Smith, Junior goalball athlete from Middleton, who was named Sport Nova Scotia’s Sport Chek Athlete of the Month for his performance at the 2016 Goalball Championships. Congrats, Mason.

Middleton teen helps provincial team secure national goalball win