"When people think of people with disabilities, they always think in terms of limitations. They never think about the possibilities." - Toronto Blind Tennis player
"I was told that I didn't fit the 'demographic'. That scarred me after he said that. It is a reminder, that based on me being BLACK, I don't make the cut. This is the reason I coach now, so this doesn't happen to anyone of color." - founding member of Change Through Sport
TORONTO BLIND TENNIS
2023 Toronto Blind Tennis - Outdoor Season has commenced!
Location: Iroquois Tennis Club
Times: Sundays from 3:00PM - 5:00PM (bi-weekly)
Cost: contact Jerome below (must become a member of Iroquois Tennis Club)
Limited spots available
To register and RSVP, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Blind Tennis at Iroquois Tennis Club 2022. Photo credit @Rosanna U
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Tennis adapted for the visually impaired was introduced to Canadians in 2011 by Alan Ma, a founding member of Change Through Sport, through the Blind Tennis Program in Toronto. Alan launched the program after being inspired by blind tennis programs in the United Kingdom and in Japan, where the sport originated from. He wanted to change the reality that less than 3% of Canadians with a disability and only 1% of those living with blindness or vision loss participate in sport (Active Living Alliance for Canadians with A Disability).
The primary goal of our program is to reduce barriers to this sport for the visually impaired community in Toronto. Since our inception, we have:
Offered a Blind Tennis program in Toronto for 11 years and counting to 50+ participants
Trained 60+ volunteers to support visually impaired participants in learning and playing the adapted sport of blind tennis
Supported the development of other blind tennis programs in Montreal, Coquitlam, and New Glasgow
To learn more about the origins of the adapted sport of blind tennis for the visually impaired and blind, visit the History of Blind Tennis.
Piloting NEW partnership with Iroquois Tennis Club in Scarborough, Ontario! Commencing June 27, 2021. Contact email@example.com for registration and volunteering information.
The outdoor season has been completed! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and Iroquois Tennis Club for hosting us this season!
Toronto Blind Tennis suspends programming due to COVID19 in 2020. Stay in touch with our coaches for further updates.
Toronto Blind Tennis to test a new collaboration for 2021 season with a local tennis club in Scarborough, ON. Stay tune for more news!
Maritimes on the verge of starting a new blind tennis program!
BCBSA promotes blind tennis in an event in Victoria, BC.
British Columbia Blind Sports Association (BCBSA) adopts blind tennis program in BC. Click here for media coverage by AMI Accessible Media.
BCBSA promotes blind tennis in an event in Surrey
A British Columbia volunteer initializes a blind tennis program in Coquitlam
Toronto Blind Tennis coach trains and shares best practices with British Columbia blind tennis coach and volunteers
Toronto Blind Tennis hosts the first Blind Tennis Tournament for Canadian players!
Quebec Blind Sports Association (ASAQ) visits Toronto Blind Tennis and launches Sound Tennis in Montreal, Quebec. Click here for coverage and registration by ASAQ.
Toronto Blind Tennis becomes an annual program in Toronto. Click here for coverage by AMI Accessible Media.
The first blind tennis session is held in Canada. Local coaches and volunteers pilot a program in Toronto. Click here for our promotional video.
RECOGNIZING OUR VOLUNTEERS
From left to right, special thanks to Arianna, Justina, Anthony, and Jennifer for their volunteer service since 2011! The Toronto Blind Tennis initiative would not be where it is now without the support of this wonderful family.
Honorable Volunteer Mentions:
Tim Moon Ian Ng Katie Heung Eugene Peng William Lai
Jennifer Lau Joyce Sou Jonathan Shui Stephanie Kwan