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IBSA Goalball Announces Officials for 2016 Paralympic Games

CBSA is pleased to announce that there will be 2 Canadian officials at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Dawna Christy (Canada)
Joelle Boulet (Canada)

Please follow the link to the IBSA website for more information.

Coaching Announcement

Canadian Blind Sports Association would like to announce the appointment of Mr. Trent Farebrother as the Head Coach and Ms. Nathalie Seguin as the Assistant Coach of the Women’s National Goalball Team for the 2016 competitive season. Trent and Nathalie have demonstrated exceptional leadership and complementary skills over the past year and a half. Trent and Nathalie will lead the medal potential women’s team in to the 2016 Paralympic Games, as well as taking the team to Malmo, Sweden and Supras, Poland for pre-Paralympic competitions in May.

“Trent brings to the Head Coach position some great experience as a former athlete and as a provincial coach” stated Shane Esau, High Performance Director for CBSA. “I think the skills and abilities that Trent has, will enable our Women’s team to produce a medal at the Paralympics and that is why we selected him”. Trent is also the Head Coach of the Alberta Men’s and Women’s Senior Provincial Goalball teams.

Shane Esau expressed that “Nathalie has a great future in the sport of Goalball and I am very pleased to have her in our program. She will be leading a National program in this country in the very near future due to her hard work and kinesiology back ground”. Nathalie is also Head Coach of the Quebec Senior Provincial team.

Ms. Seguin will also be brought in as the lead of the CBSA’s next generation of athletes, with the hopes of developing an International level development program for the next 4-12 years.

For more information, please contact:

Shane Esau
High Performance Director
Canadian Blind Sports Association


Hosted by Association sportive des aveugles du Québec, the Canadian Blind Sports 2016 National Goalball Championships will be held in Quebec City on April 22-24, 2016. Competition will be held at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy, 2410 chemin Sainte-Foy in Quebec, QC.

For comments or questions about the tournament, please contact tournament director, Isabelle Trottier, or tournament assistant director, Nathalie Séguin.
Contact email: or contact Louise (Canadian Blind Sports) at

Thank You Message from CBSA President, Robert Fenton

As a parent and a volunteer involved in the Canadian sports system, I have learned firsthand how important coaches are in assisting athletes to achieve their objectives. Whether the coach assists a young child by teaching her or him how to skate, teaches an athlete how to throw a ball or provides advice to a national team on how to vanquish an opponent, the coach gives extensively of their time, often at the expense of their friends and family. It is too simplistic to say they are important. They are absolutely essential to the functioning of our sports system and the goals that Canadian athletes achieve.
We in the Canadian Blind Sports Association sincerely thank all of Canada’s provincial and national Goalball coaches for everything they do for our athletes. In addition to providing excellent technical advice on how our athletes can play Goalball better, many of these coaches also act as guides, mentors, confidantes and role models, often without as much recognition as their contributions warrant. We thank you for all the help you have provided to athletes and volunteers in our system. We acknowledge value and appreciate your contributions and will continue to do our best to ensure that your experience in working with blind and partially sighted athletes is as rewarding as possible for both you and them.


National Coaches Week

September 19-27, 2015 marks the first ever National Coaches Week and we’re asking for your help celebrating!
Canadian Blind Sports would like to recognize our dedicated and passionate coaches from all across Canada for the time and effort you put into coaching and developing athletes within the Goalball system. Your expertise, commitment and energy are greatly appreciated. Our sport could not move forward without all that you do! We salute you and encourage others who are interested in coaching to get involved.

Whether you are an Association President, Executive Member, Parent, Athlete or even a Coach, we want your help saying ‘Thanks’ to coaches all across Canada! It can be as simple as writing a note about a coach you’d like to say thanks to so we can post them on our Twitter account.

You can follow all of the National Coaches Week social media action on Facebook and Twitter using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach. Website: