ParaGolf Canada and Blind Golf Canada has partnered to establish an exciting initiative to grow the sport of blind golf in Canada through blind and partially-sighted youth in 2022.
This initiative will be done through hosting introductory clinics at all Blind Golf Canada’s regional and national golf events. These events will include the Brian Macleod Memorial Nova Scotia Open, the Western Canadian Blind Golf Championships, Ontario Provincial Blind Golf Championship and the ISPS Handa Canadian Open Blind Golf Championships.
“Blind Golf Canada has been in existence since 1997, and our mission has been to develop and promote recreational & competitive golf along with true sportsmanship amongst Canada’s blind and visually impaired golfers,” says Jerry Nelson, President of Blind golf Canada. “ To develop this promotion of the sport with Todd Keirstead, founder and CEO of ParaGolf Canada, it is an exciting opportunity to really grow the sport like never before.”
“It is exciting to partner with Blind Golf Canada to help the needs of a particular group of golfers who’ve been under represented for far too long” say Keirstead. “Through ParaGolf Canada, the country is now recognizing ParaGolf as a playable opportunity and thus, changing the publics perception of who can play through the integration of golfers of all abilities.”
“In order to access a youth database, Blind Golf Canada and ParaGolf Canada have partnered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB Foundation),” says Darren Douma, Blind Golf Canada VP, President, Western Canadian Blind Golf Association. “Additionally, we will have Accessible Media Inc, a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs, and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted supporting and promoting our efforts.”
This is so exciting for not only ParaGolf Canada and Blind Golf Canada, but to work alongside Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to smash social and systemic barriers and advocate for an inclusive society.