In 1981 all the "movers and shakers" for sport and
recreation for people with a disability in British Columbia were brought
together by the Recreation and Sport Branch of the provincial government to
form an umbrella group, the British Columbia Sport and Recreation Council
for the Disabled. This was done with the administrative assistance of the
B.C. Recreation and Parks Association who also provided the first Chair.
In 1986, the organization was registered provincially and the name
was changed to the British Columbia Sport & Fitness Council for the Disabled. The
members of the Council were the disability-specific sport organizations
and sport-specific organizations persons with a disability, and a small
number of advisory members.
Today, BC Disability Sports is a federation of
nine active, fully
functioning, provincial sport governing bodies who are responsible for
providing competitive and recreational programs to meet the needs and
demands of their members.
BC Disability Sports
1367 West Broadway
Langley 2000 BC Games for Athletes with a Disability had over 400
participants, 850 volunteers, and raised $29,000 for the community
Our current members include the Canadian Amputee Sports
Association - B. C. Division (CASA-BC), the British Columbia Blind Sports
and Recreation Association (BCBSRA), SportAbility BC (formerly the Cerebral Palsy Sports Association), BC Deaf Sports Federation
(BCDSA), Disabled Sailing
Association (DSABC), BC Sledge and Ice Picking (BCSHIP), BC
Therapeutic Riding Association (BCTRA) and BC Wheelchair Basketball
Our mandate is to provide and ensure opportunities for every
individual in British Columbia who has a disability to reach his or her
maximum potential in fitness and competitive excellence. Our mission
is to provide leadership and support to our member organizations while
striving to maximize the participation of British Columbians with
disabilities in sport, recreation and physical education.