Stephen Barnes:

The Challenges of Sport in Australia

Stephen is the Acting Chief Executive Officer for Blind Sports Australia.  This is his straight shooting presentation to the Blind Citizens Australia Annual Conference is Perth in October 2015.

Hamish Mackenzie | Bound for Glory!

Blind Cricket Australia

On a recent episode of Andrew Donnison’s Bound For Glory show on Melbourne’s Triple R, Hamish discussed his experiences of being a part of the Blind Cricket Australia side, as well as talking up what’s currently going on and what is to come in regards to all things blind cricket.

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Blind Sports Australia shared Blind Golf NSW's post. ...

2018 Yass Interstate Challenge between Blind Golf NSW & Blind Golf Victoria was held for the 23rd time on very dry and fast running Yass Golf Club on Sunday 18 February. The overall winner was Jeff Ellis from Victoria with 38 Stableford points from Rod Mills from NSW with 36 points. The Dob Hogg Memorial Shield was retained by NSW for 14th time in the 23 year history of the event. Nearest To The Pin on the 8th holes was won by Rod Mills and the Longest Drive on the 18th hole was won by Robert Curtin. The weekend was considered a great success and fun was had by all. Thanks must go to Edgar Mongle and his band on volunteers for all their assistance over the weekend.

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Blind Sports Australia shared Vision Australia's post. ...

This week on Talking Vision, Tuesday 13 February was #WorldRadioDay with the theme of sport and its ability to unite people, break down barriers and showcase diversity. We speak with 17 year old Lucy who is playing her first season of Victorian Blind Cricket Association and president of BVIT (Blind and Low Vision Ten Pin Bowling) Glen Barwick about the national championships coming up in March. And Frances Keyland joins us for a special Valentine’s Reader Recommended. Listen to Talking Vision here Image is blind cricket team out on the field.

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Here is an update from the West Australian Blind Cricket Club - The Venetians. ...

This weekend the WA Blind Cricket team – The Venetians made the four hour drive south-west of Perth in the wheatbelt region of WA, to play against the local team synonymously known as “The Old Bastards”. Kulin is well known for its community activities, in particular where it has supported the Blind Cricket in WA for over 40 years, with the first game between two being played in January 1998. This year was one of the very few that club stalwart Les Buchanan (Bucky) has not made the trek, which was very frustrating for him as the camaraderie with the Old Bastards is second to none. Fay Cotter our treasurer and scorer has attended everyone of those games played between the teams in that time and this weekend was no exception. This was also the first game since the Christmas break, due to a number of WA players being on International duty at the T40 world cup held in Dubai (Bradley Brider & Steffan Nero), followed by the NCIC (National Cricket Inclusion Championships) held in Geelong (Adam Ridgewell, Steffan Nero, Bradley Brider and David Martin). The Venetians won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Keegan White and Wayne Phipps got the team off to a good start, with Keegan retiring on 40 runs and Wayne being out for 38 runs. When you add Steffan Nero 40 runs of 23 balls and Bradley Brider 40 runs off 18 balls, along with a solid contribution from James Thompson 19 runs (who was on debut), it is easy to see how they achieved their highest score of 206. After a typical country homemade lunch in between innings, the Old Bastards gave the run chase a shake. With good help from a few ring-ins from the local hockey team (a number of the shots played in blind cricket are very similar in style to hockey shots) and those that were familiar playing with the International ball, made for a competitive score. The Venetians bowled and fielded well for the first 20 overs, restricting the scoring, however tiredness in the field let the Old Bastards back in the game during the last 10 overs, however the good work early on had the Old Bastards falling short by 49 runs, at 8 down for 157. James Thompson continued his good form on debut with a good bowling performance taking 2 wickets, as did Steffan Nero 2 wickets. Damian McKenzie, and Wayne Phipps took 1 wicket each, with wicket keeper Steffan Nero effecting a stumping and a run out. As always the hospitality of the Kulin community, the Kulin Hotel and the Kulin Community Sports Club were unbelievable. The Old Bastards should be proud of their own achievements in that the support they have given WA Blind Cricket, whether that be financial or by fielding a competitive team each year to play The Venetians (for the last 20 years), has helped develop the very competitive Venetians team that they played against this weekend. The final and special thanks must go to ACE Plus (Plumbing, Electrical, Gas, Electrical & Roof Maintenance) who provided the team with the 12 seater bus, through their Community Bus program and Richard Bartoli who took time out of his busy schedule to once again be our bus driver and tour guide.

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Goalball teams qualify for World Championships!

11th December 2017           Goalball teams qualify for World Championships!   Blind Sports Australia, with Goalball Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee are pleased to advise that both the Australian Women’s Goalball team (Aussie Belles) and the Australian Men’s Goalball team (Aussie Storm) have been awarded a place in the Goalball World Championships in Sweden in […]

Athletes and Medicare Rebates

Correspondence from AIS Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Hughes providing an update on Medicare rebates for professional sportspeople

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things – including sportspeople.