"Raising the Bar - Together" was the theme of the 2014 Ontario ParaSport Games that took place a couple weeks back. About 300 Ontario para-athletes, coaches and sport officials participated in medal competitions at various venues across Northumberland County for eight adaptive sports (sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, para-equestrian events, boccia, blind golf, amputee golf and hand cycling) - “For all the athletes, this is the next step towards excellence, and an opportunity to raise the bar to new personal bests, and it definitely establishes Northumberland as a world- class community”.
Organizers hope the Games "will raise awareness of accessibility issues, lower barriers, and encourage more young people with a disability to leave the sidelines and participate in sport and recreation". ParaSPort Ontario has identified that "in 2012, less than 3 per cent of Canadian children with a disability participated regularly in any form of recreation. After the London Paralympics that year, Canada’s participation rate slipped to 12th from 7th in the world."
"Headliner for the gala was Canadian singer-songwriter Alan Frew of the band Glass Tiger. Frew co-wrote I Believe, the popular anthem from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics".
It was an amazing Event and I feel privileged and honoured to have been invited to participated!!! Thank You once again!!!
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