Canadian Paralympic Committee invites media and public to experience Parasport Festivals in Whitby and Mississauga

November 28, 2013

Come try sports for people with a disability, meet athletes and learn how to get involved!

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee, in celebration of Sports Day in Canada, is thrilled to present a Parasport Festival at Whitby Abilities Centre on Saturday November 30.

In addition, on Tuesday Dec. 3, Mississauga’s Hershey Centre will host a Parasport Festival to honor the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Both Festivals are presented in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Everyone is invited to come try out parasports for themselves, including in Whitby: wheelchair basketball, boccia, judo, sitting volleyball, sailing, canoe kayak, sledge hockey, archery, equestrian, para-alpine skiing and hand cycling. Parasports in Mississauga will include: athletics, boccia, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, goalball, wheelchair rugby, sailing, sledge hockey, para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing, canoe kayak and swimming.

Meet Paralympic athletes, get autographs and see how they apply their athletic skills to earn medals for Canada! Discover opportunities to get involved in parasport – whether as an athlete, coach, parent or volunteer. All activities are free and open to everyone.


  • Parasport Festivals: Learn more about and try a multitude of parasports!


  1. Whitby Abilities Centre Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street, Whitby ON, L1N 0J2
  2. Mississauga Hershey Centre Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mississauga’s Hershey SportZone, 5600 Rose Cherry Pl Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6


  1. Whitby: London 2012 Paralympians Tony Walby (judo), Brock Richardson (boccia)
  2.  Mississauga: London 2012 Paralympians David Willsie and Garett Hickling (wheelchair rugby silver medallists), Whitney Bogart and Amy Kneebone (goalball)

Also: Volunteers, Coaches, Athletes and Administrators from participating sport organizations below.


  • Come by or pre-register by contacting: Laura Ferris, CPC Senior Coordinator, Recruitment Programs, by email

For more information, please visit

MEDIA CONTACT ONSITE: Laura Ferris - Cell: 613-298-1195

With thanks to Volunteers, Coaches, Athletes and Administrators from: Durham Attack Sitting Volleyball, CanoeKayak Western Ontario Division, Windreach Farms, Durham/Whitby Steelhawks, CADS Ontario, Quinte SailAbility, Abilities Centre, Cruisers Sports, My Table Tennis Club, Ontario Blind Sports Association, Toronto Wheelchair Rugby, Cross Country Ontario, CADS Ontario, Able Sail

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:

Laura Ferris
Senior Coordinator, Recruitment Programs
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: (613) 569-4333 x233
Cell phone onsite in Winnipeg: 613-298-1195

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927

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