Can Eye Play: Blind Sports in Wellington
Blind Sport New Zealand as part of the “CAN EYE PLAY” blind and low vision sports series, in partnership with Blind Foundation, is excited to confirm an opportunity for the blind and low vision community in Wellington on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April.
Blind Sport New Zealand is pleased to confirm Wellington Girls College as the host venue for this event. The programme for the two days is now available.
Saturday 21 April
10.00am – 12.00pm Blind Rugby
Blind Rugby is New Zealand’s newest Blind Sport. Here you’ll get an opportunity to do some rugby drills, learn how to pass the ball and play it before a fun game. The game is played using an audible rugby ball and rules similar to touch rugby.
1.00pm – 4.00pm Goalball
Goalball is a sport played all around New Zealand and the beauty of it – you only need 3 players to make up a team! All players are blindfolded and play on a court 18mx9m. We use inflatable goals and the court itself is marked using tactile markings.
5.00pm – 6.00pm Indoor Bowls
Indoor bowls is a great way to relax after a physical day of Rugby and Goalball. A less physical sport but still competitive, the idea is to get your bowl as close to the jack as possible. A “director” will help you to line your bowl up using verbal prompts and directions.
Sunday 22 April
9.00am – 10.00am Achilles
Something for the runners/walkers out there. Achilles offer a unique group of people who enjoy running or walking – what makes this group unique, they support people with a range of disabilities and have able body support people to assist as sighted guides and support crew.
10.30am – 12.30pm – Blind Cricket
Blind Cricket is played around New Zealand (and the world). A plastic audible cricket ball is used and metal stumps (so players can hear when the stumps are hit). Blind Cricket is the only sport where all sight categories can play on the same sports field at the same time – that is Totally Blind, Partially Sighted and Partially Blind. We also bowl underarm.
1.30pm – 3.30pm – Blind Soccer
Hugely popular in Europe but new the New Zealand and still gaining momentum, Blind Soccer is generally played with 2 sight groups – Totally Blind or Partially Blind. Here in NZ we are promoting the game in the Totally Blind format, so everyone is blind folded. There is one player without a blind fold, the goalie. It’s also the goalies job to direct their players around the field and to the ball.