Australian Blind Sports Federation
The Australian Blind Sports Federation (ABSF) was formed in 1980 as the national body to co-ordinate sport for the blind and vision-impaired in Australia. It encourages and provides access to international competition in world blind and multi-disabled championships for sports recognised by the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Blind and vision impaired athletes and teams participate in national championships in Athletics, Cricket, Equestrian, Goalball, Golf, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Tandem cycling, Tenpin Bowling, Water Skiing, Wrestling, and Winter Sports.
Member organisations of the federation
- Australian Blind Bowlers Association (ABBA) since 1980
- Australian Blind Cricket Council (ABCC) since 1951
- Blind Golf Australia (BGA) since 1992
- Goalball Australia (GA) since 1980
The following organisations conduct national championships on behalf of the ABSF:
- Association for the Blind of WA
- Association of South Australian Blind Sporting Clubs
- Blind Sporting Association of New South Wales
- Blind Sports Victoria
- Disabled Sports Association of Northern Territory
- Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association of Queensland
Altogether there are 2,600 vision-impaired athletes in whose interests the ABSF acts at the national and international level for competition, coaching, sport psychology and program development.
ABSF athletes are current world champions or world record holders in Field athletics, Tandem Cycling, Tenpin Bowling, Powerlifting, Swimming Water Skiing and Alpine Skiing.
- Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism & Australian Sport Commission 1985, p. 171
- "Participating in Sport :: Disability Sport Agencies". Australian Sports Commission. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
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