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Enhancing the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired

Inclusive and personal approach

As a small non-profit organisation, we have a personal, flexible and inclusive approach, ensuring that we meet individual needs.  Through our range of diversified sport and recreation programs for children, adults and seniors, we offer choice and a tailored experience across all life stages.  The social nature of our programs help people of all abilities - from beginners through to more experienced and elite athletes - to improve their physical health, while also strengthening their social connections. 

Our programs are for all members of the community – and we support all people, regardless of their ability, religion, age, gender, cultural background, sexual orientation or economic circumstances. 


Respected and credible charity

As the only recognised State Sporting Association for athletes who are blind or vision impaired by Sport and Recreation Victoria, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria lobbies government on all levels in relation to programs, infrastructure, facilities and funding for people who are blind and vision impaired.

Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria is a charity registered by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Our Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status means that all donations are fully tax deductible.

Our vision

Victorians who are blind or vision impaired are able to lead physically active lives by participating in sport and active recreation.

Our mission

To improve the physical health, emotional well-being and social inclusion of Victorians who are blind or vision impaired by developing and supporting sport and active recreational opportunities.

Awards

Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria’s team, Board members and programs have received many awards – some of the more recent of these are listed below.

Award Granted by Year
Minister's Award for outstanding leadership, awarded to BSRV's Volunteer Ambassadors at the Victorian Disability Awards. Department of Health and Human Services 2022
BSRV's Volunteer Ambassadors awarded the Volunteer Award at the Victorian Disability Awards. Department of Health and Human Services 2022
Victorian Disability Awards Finalist – Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria team for ‘Volunteer Award’. Department of Health and Human Services 2022
BSRV's Virtual Health and Wellness Programs awarded the 'VicHealth Active Recreation Initiative of the Year'. VicSport 2022
VicSport Peter Norman Inclusion Award Finalist - Maurice Gleeson OAM VicSport 2022
BSRV's online fitness programs awarded the 'Health & Wellbeing' category winner at the Tech Diversity Awards. The TechDiversity Foundation 2022
Gillian Manson, BSRV’s Vice President, awarded the ‘Higgins Volunteer Community Award’. Australian Government / Division of Higgins 2021
Samir Mahir, Volunteer Senior Coach for the BSRV’s blind tennis program, awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards. Disability Sport and Recreation 2021
Kaye Speed OAM, BSRV’s Financial Manager, awarded the ‘Everyday Independence Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards. Disability Sport and Recreation 2021
Kaye Speed OAM, BSRV’s Financial Manager, awarded ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ for service to people who are blind or have low vision. Australian Government - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2021
Maurice Gleeson OAM wins ‘The Victorian Spirit of Tennis Award’ Tennis Victoria 2021
BSRV’s Victorian Blind Tennis Program awarded ‘Most Outstanding Inclusion Initiative’ Tennis Victoria 2021

BSRV’s President, Maurice Gleeson OAM inducted into the ‘Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll’ of the Victorian Disability Awards

Department of Health and Human Services 2021
Maurice Gleeson OAM appointed President of the International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA) International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA) 2020
BSRV awarded ‘Most Outstanding Inclusion Initiative’ - Victorian Blind Tennis Program ‘Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability’ finalist - Chris Cypreou (Blind Tennis player) Tennis Victoria 2019

Victorian Disability Awards Finalist – Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria team

Department of Health and Human Services 2018
Sir John Monash Awards - ‘Outstanding Advocate of People with Disabilities’ granted to Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria Secretary, Kaye Speed Monash City Council 2018
Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation - Lifetime Achievement award granted to Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria President, Maurice Gleeson OAM. Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation 2017
Victorian Disability Awards Finalist – Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria team for “Excellence in increasing participation” Department of Health and Human Services 2015
National Disability Awards Finalist - Maurice Gleeson OAM Department of Social Services 2015

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     Our values

  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Human rights