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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:

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
Haley Olinyk – British Columbia
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.