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Blind Sports Victoria Inc.

Blind Sports Victoria (BSV) is a small organisation established in 1977 and is the state parent sporting association currently representing a variety of sports played by legally blind sports men and women. BSV is a member of the Australian Blind Sports Federation through which National and International competitions are organised. This enables legally blind competitors to take part in State, National and International events such as the Paralympics and World Championships. Blind Sports Victoria encompasses and supports the following sports: Cricket, goalball, golf, Indoor bowls, lawn bowls, power lifting, sailing, snow skiing, square dancing, swimming, swish (a modified version of table tennis), tandem cycling, ten pin bowling, tennis and track and field. Read more about these sports at The Walking With Willpower (WWW) project, funded by ANZ Staff Foundation, aims to promote fitness, wellbeing and community involvement through matching adults who have low or no vision with a friendly volunteer to share the benefits of walking together. It is envisaged that the project will benefit all members of the community who have a vision impairment. However, the initial stages of the project will be targeted towards providing volunteers to walk with people over 50 who have either suffered a recent vision loss or have long term low or no vision and would like to regain a level of fitness. It is anticipated that introducing people to a sporting pursuit at the walking entry level may allow people with low or no vision to further develop interests. MissionStatement: Recreation is a very important part of life for all people. Blind Sports Victoria (BSV) assists people who have low vision or no vision to take part in a wide variety of sports. BSV’s objectives are to - Establish Blind Sports in Victoria on a firm financial and structural base. Develop competitive and recreational sporting opportunities for blind and vision impaired people. Increase sporting participation of vision impaired people in schools and the community. Increase community awareness of the capabilities of vision impaired sports people.

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