BC Deaf Sports Federation (BCDSF) is a multi-sport, non-profit organization functioning as an umbrella for deaf and hard of hearing athletes in British Columbia.
BCDSF’s mandate includes:
- establishing and maintaining contact with Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes in British Columbia
- promoting awareness and acceptance of Deaf athletes nationally and provincially
- developing interest among Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes and supporters in competitive and recreational sports
- providing services and support in areas of competition, training, counselling, and administration
- providing a variety of sport opportunities in which to participate
Long-term goals are:
- to contact as many Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes in BC as possible
- to increase public awareness of BC Deaf Sports
- develop interest in competitive and recreational sports among Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes and supporters
- to further strengthen the organization
Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes in BC who show the ability and capacity for hard work have been encouraged by BCDSF to try out at the national level for the right to represent Canada at the Deaflympics, for both the Summer and Winter events. Additionally, we encourage all Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes to participate in the Pan-American Games for the Deaf and the Canada Deaf Games.
BCDSF is a registered charitable organization that will issue tax deductible receipts for donations. Contributions are gratefully accepted. BCDSF also publishes a newsletter that tells about recent Deaf sporting activities/events and general interest stories, as well as providing information on upcoming events and competitions.
BC Deaf Sports Federation (BCDSF) was established in February, 1975. However, the inspiration for the creation of BCDSF began eleven years earlier. In 1964, a four-member committee formed to raise funds for the BC teams who wanted to participate in the 9th World Summer Games for the Deaf in Washington, DC, in 1965.
Since the Deaf World Games (now called the Deaflympics) occur every four years, two other committees supporting BC Deaf athletes were formed in 1968 and in 1973. In 1974, it became obvious that a provincial organization was needed to manage and support BC’s Deaf athletes. By 1978, BCDSF was officially registered as a non-profit organization under the BC Society Act and has since been assisting to organize, support, and encourage Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes to participate in competitive and recreational sports on provincial, national, and, with the support of the CDSA, international competitions.
Updated as of Mar/2014.
BC Deaf Sports Affiliated Clubs or Associations
BC Deaf Sports has a number of affiliated clubs who work with us in partnership or run sporting programs. Listed below is information about our affiliated clubs or programs including BC Deaf Teams. For more information or to contact our commissioners, please contact the BC Deaf Sports office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf
Our focus is to promote all matters of the welfare of the deaf and to foster the social, cultural, educational and recreational activities of the deaf in the Greater Vancouver area. We host an annual fundraising event in the summer – Corn Festival and this year are celebrating our 90th Anniversary.
Greater Vancouver Deaf Bowling Club
We are involved in all matters of 10-Pin Deaf bowling. Our bowling league starts on October 1, 2016 and runs until February 2017 in Burnaby.
BCDSF Bowling Commissioner: Gail Zimmer
Greater Vancouver Deaf Curling Club
We host weekly league sessions every Sunday at 12:30pm starting annually in October and ending in March. Those sessions are at the Royal City Curling Club (New Westminster). Fans are welcome to watch the sessions.
BCDSF Curling Commissioner: vacant
Nordic Racers Ski Club
We host learn to loppet (L2L) training sessions at Cypress annually in January and February, in the classic and skate techniques. We also host a full day clinic for children and parents, located at Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) in the Callaghan Valley area near Whistler, BC.
Okanagan Valley Association of the Deaf
Our members meet monthly for social and recreational games. Many members are involved in sporting events – weekly.
South Vancouver Island Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Our members meet weekly to conduct sporting events including darts.
Deaf Golf BC
We host the BC Golf Open, typically in May, annually. From the BC Golf Open, top golfers go on to attend Canadian Deaf Golf Championships (biannually). We compete against Alberta teams in the Brooker Cup, held annually alternatively in British Columbia and Alberta. We offer golf clinics for beginners and advanced golfers to improve techniques including putting, chipping, pitching, full swing irons and hybrids as well as full swing drivers.
BCDSF Golf Commissioner: Mike Parkes
BC Deaf Sports Teams
BC Rockies – Deaf Ice Hockey Team
We are a hockey program that specializes in the development of deaf and hard of hearing hockey players in British Columbia. We train and develop youth and adult hockey players of both sexes and of all skill levels.
BCDSF Hockey Commissioner: Patrick Escalambre
Volleyball Teams – beach or indoor
Within British Columbia, we have athletes who are involved with beach volleyball or form the volleyball teams that compete at Canada Deaf Games or national competitions. For more information, please contact the BC Deaf Sports office by email listed above.
BCDSF Volleyball Commissioner: vacant
Darts players often get together on Friday evenings at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. For players living on Vancouver Island, Victoria has their weekly league every Sunday that takes place all year except for in the summer. We also host several qualification tournaments and an annual playdown event every year.
Darts Commissioner: Mark Tarchuk
Updated as of July/2016.