Australian Blind Sports Federation

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Blind Sports Australia (2010) formerly Australian Blind Sports Federation (ABSF) was formed in 1980[1] as the national body to co-ordinate sport for the blind and vision-impaired in Australia.[2] 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)[1] and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Member organisations of the federation[edit]

  • 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

Member associations[edit]

The following organisations conduct national championships on behalf of the ABSF:

Altogether there are 2,600 vision-impaired athletes in whose interests BSA acts at the national and international level for competition, coaching, sport psychology and program development.

BSA 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). Australian Sport, a profile. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publish Service. ISBN 0-644-03667-2. 

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