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2015 IBSA World Youth Goalball Championship in Colorado Springs

Team Canada announcement for 2015 IBSA World Youth Goalball Championship in Colorado Springs.

Team Canada Boys Team
Linda Macrae Triff – Co-Coach & Overall Team Manager
Assistant Coach – Peter Parsons

Brice Parker – Ontario
Nathan Taylor – Ontario
Mason Smith – Nova Scotia
Tristian Lepine-Lacroix – Quebec
Ryan Chou – British Columbia

Team Canada Girls Team:

Jennifer McMillan –Head Coach
Assistant Coach – Peter Parsons

Meaghan Hargrave – Alberta
Meghan Mahon – Ontario
Amanda Pang – British Columbia
Emma Reinke – Ontario
Tarah Sawler – Nova Scotia

Physiotherapist: Alexandria Lemieux-Boivin (QC)

Results and photos will be posted daily 3 places:
– USABA website (
– USABA Facebook Page (search “United States Association of Blind Athletes”)
– USABA Twitter (@USABA1)

We also encourage you to engage on social media using the hashtag #2015WYGBC.

Competition schedule:
Competition Schedule Junior Worlds

Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams nominated for Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games

(July 14, 2015 – OTTAWA, ONT.) — The Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA) is pleased to announce the athletes nominated to represent Canada at the 2015 Parapan Am Games for men’s and women’s goalball.

Both teams feature a mix of veterans and newcomers, all eager to help Canada obtain a qualifying berth for their team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On the men’s team, veteran players Bruno Haché (Dorval, Que.), Brendan Gaulin (Laval, Que.), and Ahmad Zeividavi (Vancouver) will ensure the team’s ability to score more goals than they let in. Aron Ghebreyohannes (Calgary) Blair Nesbitt (Stony Plain, Alta.), and Simon Richard (Dieppe, N.B.) will add a huge youth factor to the team and add some needed replacement in scoring and defense.

“We feel that the men’s team which is nominated fulfills both short-term and long-term goals for the CBSA,” stated Danny Snow (Calgary), head coach of the men’s team. “Short-term, our goal is to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games; long-term, our goal is to be a podium potential team for the next two Paralympic Games.”

The veteran players on the women’s team – Amy Burk (Charlottetown), Whitney Bogart (Ottawa), Cassandra Orgeles (Fort Erie, Ont.), Ashlie Andrews (Penticton, B.C.), and Jillian MacSween (Halifax) are vying for a berth in the gold medal final. Tiana Knight (Calgary) adds to the defense of the team and will allow the coaches to move the players around more than in the past.

“I whole-heartedly support the teams nominated, and feel that both the men and the women have a great chance to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games,” said Shane Esau (Calgary), high performance director for Canadian Blind Sports. “These teams combine both great defensive skills with exceptional offensive skills.”

The men’s team finished fourth at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico while the women’s team took home the bronze medal. The women are coming off of a bronze medal win at the recent 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul this past May where the men finished out of the medals.

“Your commitment and drive got you here,” said Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young. “I have no doubt that you will meet your objectives at the Games. It’s great we have so many returning players with the team. That experience will be a key to our success.”

“My heartfelt congratulations to the members named today to the Canadian Goalball Team for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. Canada is a leading sport nation, and I, along with all Canadians, recognize the dedication of our athletes as they train toward this prestigious event during the Year of Sport in Canada,” said The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games tickets are currently on sale. The Parapan goalball competition will take place at the Mississauga Sports Centre in Mississauga from August 8 – 15. Tickets are available online at
With a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count, Canada is expected to send approximately 220 athletes to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15. Qualification is ongoing and the full team will be officially announced in July 2015.
Team Canada GOALBALL- Toronto2015 Parapan American Games
Athlete bios available at

Men’s Team:
Brendan Gaulin, Laval, Que.*
Aron Ghebreyohannes, Calgary, Alta.
Bruno Hache, Dorval, Que.*
Blair Nesbitt, Stony Plain, Alta.
Simon Richard, Dieppe, N.B.
Ahmad Zeividavi, Coquitlam, B.C.*

Head Coach: Danny Snow, Calgary, Alta.
Assistant Coach: Darren Hamilton, Calgary, Alta.
Physiotherapist: Isabelle Trottier

Women’s Team:
Ashlie Andrews, Penticton, B.C.*
Whitney Bogart, Marathon, Ont.*
Amy Burk, Charlottetown, P.E.I.*
Tiana Knight, Calgary, Alta.
Jillian MacSween, Halifax, N.S.*
Cassandra Orgeles, Fort Erie, Ont.*

Co-coach: Trent Farebrother, Castor, Alta.
Co-coach: Nathalie Séguin, Quebec City, Que.
Physiotherapist: Marie-Helene Dumas
*Denotes past Parapan American Games experience

About the Canadian Blind Sports Association
The Canadian Blind Sport Association is the national sport governing body for Goalball in Canada and recognizing that most of its members (the provincial/territorial associations) are multi-sport organizations, provides support for all Canadians who are blind/visually impaired to be involved in a range of sports. The Canadian Blind Sport Association supports the concepts behind Canadian Sport for Life, the Long-term Athlete Development model and is fully committed to the development of athletes and other participants from Active Start through to Active for Life. For more information visit
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Louise Gaborieau
Director of Domestic Programs
Canadian Blind Sports Association
Phone: 604.419.0480

Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
W (613) 569-4333 x237 | F (613) 569-2777


Team attending the International Blind Sports Federation World Championships in Seoul, Korea

Canadian Blind Sports is pleased to present the team attending the International Blind Sports Federation World Championships and Games being held in Seoul, Korea from May 8 -18th. Feel free to connect to the Seoul 2015 website to receive up to date information on the games. The contingent will be lead by Chef de Mission, Louise Gaborieau and is comprised of a Men’s and Women’s Goalball teams, as well as Powerlifting, Judo and Athletics.

Women’s Goalball team representing Canada:
Ashlie Andrews
Whitney Bogart
Amy Burk
Cassie Orgeles
Jillian MacSween
Nancy Morin
Co-Coach: Trent Farebrother
Co-Coach: Nathalie Seguin

Men’s Goalball team representing Canada:
Brendan Gaulin
Aron Ghebreyohannes
Oliver Pye
Doug Ripley
Simon Tremblay
Ahmad Zeividavi
Co-Coach: Darren Hamilton
Co-Coach: Matt Morrow

Goalball Team Leader: Shane Esau

Judo athletes representing Canada:
Alex Radoman
Priscilla Gagne
Tony Walby
Justin Karn
Coach: Andrzej Sadej

Powerlifters representing Canada:
Tim Eckert
Robert Truchon
Coach: Sheldon Duncan
Vanessa Murby
Guide: Eva Fejes

Athletics athlete representing Canada:
Vanessa Murby
Guide: Eva Fejes

Please join us in cheering for our team as we look forward to optimum performances from all of our athletes.

(Français) Athlètes sélectionnés pour représenter le Canada lors du Championnat du monde de l’IBSA

Canadian Blind Sports Association would like to congratulate the following athletes for being selected to represent Canada in Goalball at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea on May 8-18, 2015.

Brendan Gaulin – British Columbia
Bruno Hache – Québec
Oliver Pye – Nova Scotia
Doug Ripley – British Columbia
Simon Tremblay – Québec
Ahmad Zevidhavi – British Columbia

Aron Ghebreyohannes – Alberta
Peter Parsons – Nova Scotia
John Tee – British Columbia


Ashlie Andrews – British Columbia
Whitney Bogart – Ontario
Amy Burk – Ontario
Jillian MacSween – Ontario
Nancy Morin – Ontario
Cassie Orgeles – Ontario

Tiana Knight – Alberta
Angel Lu Lebel – Alberta
Carla Shibley – Alberta

15th Annual Montreal Open Goalball Tournament and Officials Clinic

15th Annual Montreal Open Goalball Tournament
When: January 23-25, 2015
Who: 10 men teams and 6 women teams will compete

For more information, please contact Nathalie at

Officials Clinic

There will be an officials clinic taking place January 22-25th, 2015.

There would be no cost but participants will pay their own transportation and lodging.

IBSA criteria:
• Candidates for Level I – must have at least 3 years national experience, minimum of 20 games as a referee or 10 different tournaments as a table official.
Annually, Level I Referees must referee a minimum of 4 games at 2 different local or international events (total 8 games).

• Level I – if one year missed, must re-qualify as Level I

Level I candidates will be examined by a Course Conductor or a Senior Course Conductor. Examination to certify at this level can occur at any national or international event. Candidates must attend a two/three-day course and pass an open-book written examination and a practical examination, both in English.

If you are interested in being a part of this clinic, please contact or