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Any sport can be played by someone who is blind or visually impaired - it just takes a little ingenuity! Sport-specific adaptations can be made to include those with a disability and, in this respect, those with a visual impairment are no different. Typical adaptations include embedding equipment with bells, having designated 'spotters', the use of 'guides' (material or personnel), various equipment alterations, sound-based directives, and many more.

Blind/visually impaired athletes have the opportunity to train and compete at national and international levels and the very best at our game share the Olympic dream with able-bodied athletes as they aim for the podium. Those who choose to undertake this ambitious lifestyle 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 reach the podium in international competition. 

If you are not looking to seriously compete, the OBSA is very happy to help you in taking part in sport for fun! We welcome people of all abilities and work extremely hard to provide everyone with the best possible experience. Information about how to Get Involved can be easily found here on our website. We really hope you will consider! 

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