May 20th 2020 – The Canadian Blind Sport Association and our entire sport community are saddened with the news that former National Team athlete and Paralympian Nancy Morin passed away on May 8th at her home in Montreal.
Nancy was a long time member of the Women’s National Goalball Team; she attended five Paralympic Games spanning a 21-year career. Team highlights include Paralympic Gold Medals in the Sydney and Athens.
“I was fortunate enough to coach Nancy for five years on the National Women’s team including the 2016 Paralympics. Nancy was a key player, mentor and leader. She motivated and inspired many players over the years. She will be missed.”
Trent Farebrother, Women’s National Team Head Coach
“Nancy is going to be greatly missed as a fellow Goalball athlete and friend. She was known worldwide for her powerful throw but she was so much more. She was always there to encourage you, to keep the teams positivity up and would never let you give up. She would always take the young new players under her wing, helping them on court, off court, anything that you needed. No matter what she would be there for you.
We will never forget Nancy, forever in our hearts.”
Whitney Bogart, Women’s Athlete Representative.
“Nancy Morin was one of a kind, she will be greatly missed in the world of Goalball. I was fortunate enough to be at two Paralympic Games with her – London 2012 and Rio 2016 and was witness to Nancy’s domination on the Goalball court. I still remember hearing competitors talk about not wanting to play across from her.
On behalf of all the current and former Canadian Goalball athletes, I would like to express my condolences to Nancy’s parents, family, friends and the Goalball community”.
Ahmad Zeividavi, Men’s Athlete Representative.
“Nancy had a low profile personality; however on a goalball court she was devastating for the other teams with her hard throws. I was lucky enough to play with her and not against her! When she scored only a few seconds before the end of the game that clenched the gold medal in Sydney, it was a dream that came true for both of us”
Nathalie Chartrand, Team Mate Provincial & National Team
“Nancy was an incredibly strong athlete – with an amazing throw. Nancy’s quiet pleasant way was a positive influence on our team and everyone around her. Our thoughts are with Nancy’s family, team mates, and Quebec Blind Sports.”
Jane Blaine, CEO, Canadian Blind Sports
Director of Domestic Programs
Canadian Blind Sports Association