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Blog: Training Camp 2017

11 hours of gym time, 6 broken goalballs, 13 athletes, 3 provinces – the 2017 Training Camp was a great success!!

Athletes from BC, Alberta, and Quebec, from beginner goalball players to members of the national team; everyone was working on improving their game and gaining court experience. The training camp included pitching clinics, blocking drills, scrimmages, and a friendly tournament.

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A huge thank you to BC Blind Sports for their financial contribution to this training camp. Thank you to javelin coach Ben Hutchinson and Team Canada softball pitcher Derek Mayson for coming in to work with our athletes and share their knowledge of their respective sports. It’s always great to see collaboration between sports!

Thank you to the Canadian Blind Sports Association for sending national team coaches, Nathalie Séguin and Darren Hamilton to run the training camp.

Thanks to Anton’s Pasta Bar for fuelling our athletes with an abundance of carbohydrates on the Saturday evening. Mmmm!

Below are some photo highlights from the weekend:

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Clement Chou takes his final step before releasing the ball on the right wing.
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Doug Ripley receives a great pass from his centre, Brieann Baldock.
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Ahmad Zeividavi finds his left winger, Clement Chou, to pass the ball off to.
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Monty Lilburn lines up for a shot out of the right wing.
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Clement Chou blocks a shot at centre, and looks off to his left winger Doug Ripley.
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Blair Nesbitt, Brendan Gaulin, John Tee, and Ahmad Zeividavi stand at the net during a throwing clinic.
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The group sits around a table at Anton’s Pasta Bar with huge plates of pasta in front of them.
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Ahmad Zeividavi holds the ball in his hands as his right winger, Maryam Salehizadeh gets out of his way.
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Maryam Salehizadeh lines up with the right goal post before firing a shot across the court.
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Brendan Gaulin feels the crossbar as he lines up for a shot from centre court.
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Doug Ripley stands at the net with the ball in his hands, preparing to take a shot. Clement Chou stands to his right at the right goal post.
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Amanda Pang winds up to take a shot from the left wing.
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Bruno Haché, Ahmad Zeividavi, and Doug Ripley take instruction from coach Nathalie Séguin.
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Maryam Salehizadeh and Ahmad Zeividavi take a rest on the bench looking very sweaty and exhausted.
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Team Canada softball pitcher and pitching coach Derek Mayson works with the athletes from the Men’s National Team.

Announcing: 2018 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam

The Vancouver Goalball Club is excited to announce we will be hosting the third annual International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam tournament from March 9 – 11, 2018 in Langley BC.

There will be prize money for the top three teams of the tournament in the amounts of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for first, second, and third place respectively.

The final registration deadline is February 1, 2018 but admissions will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. The Information Package and First Entry Form are available below:

Blog: California Crown wins the 2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam

 That’s a wrap! The 2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam was a huge success and we can’t thank our sponsors enough. Congratulations to all teams on your hard-fought battles throughout the tournament. The full results can be found below.

2017 Grand Slam – Final Results (PDF)

2017 Grand Slam – Top Goal Scorers (PDF)

We would like to recognize the support of our sponsors for making this event possible. We look forward to partnering again in future years.

Photos of game action will be available shortly.

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Grand Slam in the News:

Mission Record: California team wins 2017 Goalball Grand Slam in Langley

Langley Times: Goalball teams going for grand slam title, cash at Timms

2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam Information

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The Vancouver Goalball Club is pleased to be hosting our second International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam from March 3-4, 2017.

Location: Timms Community Centre (20399 Douglas Crescent), in Langley, BC.

Click here for the full schedule: 2017 International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam – PDF

We were hoping to introduce the exciting addition of a women’s division to the 2017 tournament, but unfortunately due to insufficient registration, we have had to cancel the women’s division.

There will be a $5,000 Grand Prize awarded to the winning team of the tournament. This award will be presented at our awards ceremony and banquet happening at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 4th.

Registration forms and Information package can be found below. Please do not hesitate to contact Ahmad Zeividavi, at vancouvergoalballclub@yahoo.ca if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful British Columbia for another successful tournament!

Click the link below to find this information on the IBSA goalball calendar.

Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam

Download – 2017 First Entry Form

Download – 2017 Information package

(The Disability Sports Network will be providing live audio and video coverage of the Tournament.)

Blog: Canada names Rio Paralympic Goalball Team

Canada names Rio Paralympic Goalball Team

Check out the CBC article

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Our Men’s National Team players, Brendan Gaulin, Ahmad Zeividavi, and Doug Ripley in action! Credit: DLR Photography – www.dlrphoto.ca

A huge congratulations to four of our club members on being named to the Canadian National Goalball Teams! Ahmad Zeividavi, Doug Ripley, Brendan Gaulin and Ashlie Andrews will be representing Team Canada at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro from September 7 to 18, 2016. We are so proud of these athletes and wish them the best of luck on their exciting journey to the Paralympic Games!

Go Canada Go!

Click here to check out the “Spectator’s Guide” for Goalball at the 2016 Summer Games.

Fun facts:

  • Goalball made it’s Paralympic debut in Toronto in 1976.
  • The Canadian Women’s team is tied with the USA team for most Paralympic medals with a total of 5. Canada has won 2 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronze.

Goalball

About Goalball

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Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for blind and visually impaired athletes. It was created by an Austrian and a German as a means of assisting the rehabilitation of visually impaired WWII veterans. Now, goalball is played internationally, and has been an official Paralympic sport since 1980.

Goalball athletes compete in teams and try to throw a ball that has bells inside it into the opponents goal. Teams alternate throwing the ball from one end of the court to the other, using their bodies to block the ball from going in their net. Players use the sound of the bell to track its position and movement. Games consist of two 12-minute halves. Eyeshades are worn by all athletes to allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal playing field with blind players.

Watch and listen to Goalball with a video from the 2012 Paralympic Games in London:

Training Camp

Goalball Crew

From May 20-22, 2016 the Vancouver Goalball Club hosted a Training Camp at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, BC.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 5 sessions and 15 hours of shots, blocks, drills, training, and games. John estimated that he threw over 300 shots throughout the weekend! … ice bath needed.

The Vancouver Goalball club was excited to welcome Canadian Olympic softball player and pitching coach, Kaila Holtz for one of the sessions. Although she was unfamiliar to the sport of goalball prior to attending training camp; her expertise in both sports medicine, and high-performance coaching was highly beneficial to us. So great to see cross-over between National Team athletes of different sports!

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Blog: Training Camp 2016

Training Camp 2016

Goalball Crew

From May 20-22, 2016 the Vancouver Goalball Club hosted a Training Camp at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, BC.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 5 sessions and 15 hours of shots, blocks, drills, training, and games. John estimated that he threw over 300 shots throughout the weekend! … ice bath needed.

The Vancouver Goalball club was excited to welcome Canadian Olympic softball player and pitching coach, Kaila Holtz for one of the sessions. Although she was unfamiliar to the sport of goalball prior to attending training camp; her expertise in both sports medicine, and high-performance coaching was highly beneficial to us. So great to see cross-over between National Team athletes of different sports!

Many thanks:

We are grateful to have so many incredible supporters who make events like this possible. A huge thank you to ViaSport British Columbia and the Province of British Columbia for the funding they provided. Also a big thanks to BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association for their partnership. Without you, there would be no training camp.

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Kaila helping Ahmad fine-tune his release.
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Kaila, Brendan, Doug and Scott teaching and learning from one-another.
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Clement demonstrates his backswing.
The whole crew eager to learn from the softball pitching coach!
The whole crew eager to learn from the pitching coach!