Up Coming Events
HP Camp – October 21 – 23
OBSA Hall of Fame Gala – November 5, 2016
2017 ParaSport Championships – February 10 – 12
Kingston Development Competition - TBA
OBSA Provincial Championships - TBA
It is with great sadness OBSA is sharing the news that Gord Hope has passed away.
Gord has been part of the OBSA family since the beginning and has worn many hats over the years including an amazing athlete, sport builder, mentor, volunteer and valued friend to many throughout blind sports in Ontario, Canada and even around the world.
Our condolences go out to Gord’s family, from our family to yours. He will be greatly missed and always in our hearts.
2015 OBSA Hall of Fame Gala
OBSA’s Annual Hall of Fame Gala is coming up soon and you need to make a nomination! You can nominate and athlete, coach, volunteer or anyone who has contributed to the blind sports community here in Ontario! There is no need to wait we are accepting nominations now! The nomination deadline of September 11, 2015 is fast approaching! Download the Hall of Fame Nomination Form fill it out and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your candidate considered for the class of 2015!
Gold and Silver for OBSA Powerlifter
Tim Ekert (34) of Windsor won a gold medal and a silver medal at International Blind Sports Association World Games in Seoul, Korea. Tim Ekert represented Canada and Windsor this past week at the IBSA World Games in Powerlifting. Tim was competing in his 17th World Championship and 19th international event. Tim won gold in the bench press only event with a press of 197.5 kg or 435lbs.
Tim also won the silver in the three lift powerlifting event. Tim squatted a personal best of 245 kg/540 lbs., benched with a 197.5 kg or 435lbs. Tim deadlifted a personal best of 275kg/606. Tim finished with a personal best total of 717.5 kg. The gold medal total was 720 kg.
Ottawa Race Weekend
There is a unique road racing opportunity available for athletes who are blind or visually impaired at this year’s Ottawa Race Weekend. This event, which will take place on the weekend of May 23-24 and which attracts over 40,000 participants each year and marks an annual celebration of running in our nation’s capital.
This year, on May 23, the 10 kilometer event at Ottawa Race Weekend will serve as the Canadian 10 km road racing championships – an exciting development in the event’s trajectory. Of even more excitement for the blind and visually impaired community is that a category has been created within this championship event for athletes who are blind or visually impaired.
In previous years, Ottawa Race Weekend organizers have welcomed athletes who were blind or visually impaired into the 10 km event through the creation of a separate race category but a blind / visually impaired national 10 km road championship is something which is unprecedented in Canada. This will be the first time that an organized category for athletes who are blind or visually impaired will be offered within a larger Canadian national road championship.
Race organizers have offered thirty spots within the 10 km event for athletes who are blind or visually impaired, along with their guides. Registration is at https://secure2.htgsports.com/marathon.nsf/RegAC?OpenForm&ParentUNID=5BAC7A84D3F9037385257D3C004CAF0A&clubid=ROC&lang=en.
Organizers have provided a code which must be inputted in order to proceed through the registration steps. If you are interested in participating, we can provide you with this code – please just let us know. Achilles Ottawa has a dedicated pool of guide runners and can work to pair athletes who do not have their own guides.
The Canadian 10 KM Championships will begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 23. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have, or for additional information. We hope you are able to come and help take the first steps in building a tradition of championship road racing for athletes who are blind or visually impaired in Canada.
2015 Senior National Goalball Championships
On April 27 – 29th in Toronto our senior women’s and men’s goalball teams took to the court to compete with the best goalball players from around the country. Our men’s showed that they were ready to step out of their shell and challenge some of the older and more experienced teams. Brice Parker, Kyle Brunet, Brandon King, Justin Lowrey, Arvin Carandang, and Tony Fraser put together a great effort in the round robin but did not make it through to the medal rounds.
The women’s team consisting of Jillian MacSween, Cassie Orgeles, Amy Burk, Whitney Bogart, Emma Reinke, and Meghan Mahon had a great tournament. They entered the weekend chasing their eighth consecutive national title and they left with nothing less. They dominated the round robin play and went into the medal rounds undefeated. In the semifinals they beat Alberta 11 – 1. Then in the finals they finished their perfect weekend off with an 8 – 2 win over Team Quebec!
Great work representing Ontario by both teams!
Canadian Junior National Goalball Chamionships
Excellent showing from Ontario at the Canadian Junior National Goalball Championships! Check out this article in the Brantford Expositor Brantford Expositor!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMI - AEBC Town Hall
AMI and the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians invite you to attend the Accessible Federal Elections Town Hall
Saturday, February 28 from 1 - 3 pm ET
Cambridge Suites Hotel, 15 Richmond Street East, Toronto
Participants will have the opportunity to speak by phone with the Chief Electoral Officer for Elections Canada, Marc Mayrand.
For more information or to register, please email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Goalball on CBC Sports Day
Check out OBSA athlete Travis Cudney Teach 3 time Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Botterill how to play goalball as a part of CBC Sports Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kJ8W9RVjGQ&feature=youtu.be&list=PLPZ40gM7aDFAxBws2g-cHXeLdg6U_uoRD
Healthy Active Kids Project
Healthy Active Kids Project is a Fundamental Movement Skills workshop. This will be geared towards high school students interested in coaching. This workshop, hosted by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), explores the themes of fair play, safety, responsibility and communication. The goal of the course is to equip coaches with the skills necessary to UNDERSTAND, IDENTIFY, OBSERVE and INSTRUCT fundamental skills so they can teach them to children in their community. Workshops will be held on December 6th, and February 7th in Toronto. For more information please Click Here
New OBSA Goalball Program in Kingston!
OBSA has a new goalball program Starting up in Kingston!
Where: Centennial Public School, 120 Norman Rogers Drive, Kingston
When: Every Saturday Starting on October 11, 2014 until April 25, 2015 from 2PM – 4PM
Full year cost: $91.25
Interested? Contact: Greg@blindsports.on.ca 416-426-7191
Play On! PARASPORT
Play On! PARASPORT is a program run by the City of Toronto and ParaSport Ontario and is free for all residents of Toronto. It is a great opportunity for people in the GTA to get active and learn the sport of goalball. It will be run by OBSA trained coaches with the help of a Paralympic Goalball player! The Program will take place on Tuesday's from 6 - 8pm starting on November 11th and finishing on December 16th. Please clich here for the Schedule. If you are interested please visit toronto.ca/torontofun to register. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the OBSA office!
Athletics Canada is bringing Para Athletics to Guelph, Toronto and Windsor. Check out the following document for dates, times and other info!
For one week, OBSA campers had the opportunity to try out new sports and activities! Relive the week by visiting our Facebook page and check out our new album!
Athletics Canada offers opportunities for athletes with disabilities interested in track and field. Come meet our coaches and give para-athletics a try!
Date: Sunday May 25th, 2014
Time: 9am-2pm drop in; races 1-2pm
Location: St. Marcellinus High School, Mississauga (@ 401 and Mavis)
Please call or email Kayla Cornale to register:
c: 416-807-9516 email: email@example.com
Update on 2014 Senior Goalball Nationals
Ontario wins Gold, Silver and Bronze at Goalball Junior Nationals
The Ontario Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams won a gold, silver and bronze medal at the National Junior Goalball Championships which were held at the W.Ross Macdonald School this past weekend. The Junior tournament is for athletes who are 20 years of age or younger. Teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Host Province Ontario took part in the tournament.
In the men’s division, The Ontario White Team earned a bronze medal by defeating Team West (British Columbia and Alberta) 12 -5. Simon Braham led Ontario with 6 goals. Nathan Lamont had 5 goals and Palmer Douglas added a single goal. The other member of Team Ontario was T. J. Gill. They were coached by Drew Finucane.
In the Men’s gold medal match, New Brunswick defeated the three- time defending champion Ontario All Blacks by a score of 2-1. Justin Lowrey had the lone goal for Ontario. Simon Richard scored both goals for New Brunswick. Ontario was unable to capitalize on their opportunities throughout the game including not being able to score on three penalty shots. Members of the Ontario team were Justin Lowrey, Kyle Brunet, Brice Parker and Arvin Carandang. They are coached by Bob Mannen and Mike Breuls.
The men’s All Tournament team consisted of Justin Lowrey (Ontario), Simon Richard (New Brunswick) and Guillaume LeBlanc (New Brunswick).
Emma Reinke scored with one minute left in the second overtime period to give the Ontario Junior Trilliums a 4-3 victory over the Alberta Junior Team. Meagan Mahon led Ontario with 2 goals and Gen Hart added a single goal. Mahon also had a crucial penalty shot save in the second overtime period for Team Ontario. Members of Team Ontario included, Meghan Mahon, Emma Reinke, Gen Hart, Jill Havens and Alison leach. They are coached by Annette Carmen and Jen McMillan.
In the bronze medal match Team Alberta Youth defeated British Columbia 7-5.
The women’s All Tournament team consisted of Meghan Mahon (Ontario), Emma Reinke (Ontario) and Ruby Soliman (Alberta Junior’s). Check out the Brantford Expositor for more on the story!
2014 OBSA Provincial Goalball championships
On March 28th - 30th OBSA hosted its first ever Provincial Championships! This event was a tremendous success bringing in over 70 athletes who competed in a men's, women's or recreational division. Thank you to all who came out and supported the athletes and a big thanks to our event sponsors AMI and Targe for helping make it possible.
The men`s division was won the by the Brantford men`s team who made a late second half comeback on Team Squad. Shake N Bake won the women`s division in a final game against the Thistles, Shake N Bake had a strong second half where they doubled the number of goals they had in the first half. The rec division was won by the Brantford rec team who edged out Sudbury`s Blue Bubble Guppies in an exciting back and forth final game.
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