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Blind hockey gold medallist

Conception Bay South council this week acknowledged the achievements of homegrown hero, blind hockey gold medallist Brandon Joy. The 21-year-old was a member of the Canadian National Blind Hockey Team that competed against the USA in the 2024 International Blind Hockey Series this April. Canada swept the series. “This is my first year being on the team, and so it was really nice to be able to bring home the gold,” said Joy, the only Newfoundlander on the roster. “It was a pretty amazing experience.” Joy has been playing hockey since he was five. “I was playing CBR House League hockey until I was 17 or 18, even though I was already legally blind at that point, but it was not until about two years ago that I really started to put in the effort to really try for Team Canada,” he said. “As soon as I realized that I wanted to put in the work, I started training, I started hitting the ice as much as possible, I did as much as I could to make this happen.” Joy was joined in council chambers by members of his family and guide dog Cosworth. Here he is joined by CBS Mayor Darrin Bent. Mark Squibb photo

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