Australian Blind Sports Federation

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Blind Sports Australia (BSA; 2010+), formerly the Australian Blind Sports Federation (ABSF) was formed in 1980[1] as the national body to coordinate 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 Federation (IBSA)[1] and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).[citation needed] BSA is headquartered near Melbourne.

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[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 BSA:

  • Blind Sporting Association of New South Wales
  • Blind Sports Victoria
  • Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association of Queensland
  • Association of South Australian Blind Sporting Clubs
  • Association for the Blind of WA

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism & Australian Sport Commission 1985, p. 171
  2. ^ "Participating in Sport :: Disability Sport Agencies". Australian Sports Commission. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2013.


  • 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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