Any sport can be played by someone who is blind or visually impaired – it just takes a little ingenuity! Many sport-specific adaptations can be made to include those with a disability. Typical adaptations in blind sport include audible equipment (ex. beeping, bells, buzzers), additional personnel (ex. designated ‘spotters’ or ‘guides’), various specific equipment alterations, sound-based directives, and many more.
Blind and visually impaired athletes have the same opportunity to train and compete at national and international levels as their “able-bodied” counterparts. The very best share the Olympic dream as they aim for the Paralympic podium. Those ambitious few who choose to endeavour in sport are eligible to receive funding through various government-funded programs such as the Athlete Assistance Plan (federal) or Quest for Gold (provincial). These programs are designed to assist high performance athletes achieve their goals, and Ontario Blind Sports Association is the highway to their destination.
If you are not looking to seriously compete, we are more than happy to help you in taking part in sport for fun! We welcome those of all abilities and work extremely hard to provide everyone with the best possible sport experience. Information about how to Get Involved can be easily found here on our website. If you are visually impaired and wish to play sport, we really hope you will consider joining us!