VIBE: ADVOCATING A VISION
FOR BLIND SPORTS
Darren Douma is a visually impaired athlete who would like to share his
story with you, and encourages you to do the same through his website called
VIBE (Visually Impaired and Blind Empowerment) found at www.vibebc.com.
If you or someone you know are coping with an eye disease, please take a
look at my website. A s I struggle with my eye disease, I network with different
individuals and organizations. T his networking has generated opportunities
to find resources and tools to assist me in living
with my eye disease.
With the creation of this website and the
acceptance of having to live with an eye disease,
I move forward to share in new experiences and
empower others to do the same. A s you check out
this web site I will not only share specific information
about vision, I will also share the things that inspire
me such as sports and the love of cooking. I f you
or a family member are just now coping with a
diagnosis of an eye disease, or have been coping with a disease for a while,
I invite you to share your experiences and knowledge on my website and
become a part of VIBE.
Blind Golf and Blind Sports
Having played golf my entire life and having the opportunity to play in
my first blind golf event in 2013, it is now my goal to continue to compete
in these blind golf events. I now have the opportunity to represent my
community, my golf club, my province, and my country at the 2014 World
Blind Golf Championships in Australia. This is something I take great pride in
as I move forward with my vision advocacy. It is through blind golf and blind
sports that I want to inspire others coping with vision loss to participate and
compete in blind sports. Golf has been a great outlet for me and through golf
I have met so many unique and talented individuals.
I invite everyone to read my story and check out my web site. After your visit,
if you feel you would like to assist in my goals, I would appreciate any support
you could give. T hrough Pay Pal you can help with a donation. O therwise, I
would also appreciate everyone sharing this story with others you feel may
know of an individual or company that would like to provide sponsorship.
Overall, it is through blind golf and blind sports that I will promote vision
advocacy. Vision loss affects every individual and family, and through my
travels I want to bring more vision awareness to others.
I thank all that have supported me thus far and thank all of you who are
willing to support me in the future!
Presently, I am also becoming more involved with the Canadian Council
of the Blind by becoming a member. It is my hope to establish a Chapter of
the CCB in the Kootenays very soon. With this partnership, I hope to improve
vision awareness and prevention.