Checking in with Paralympians: Athletes making a difference

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 01, 2021

Community involvement a priority

Erica Gavel

Canada’s Paralympians are staying busy, getting back to training, sharing their stories and opinions on social media, and more. We will check in regularly with what the nation’s Para athletes have been up to and share some of the top highlights here. 

Here’s a quick look at some recent updates: 

Player’s Own Voice on CBC Sports online featured Erica Gavel, a member of Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball team and the Canadian Paralympic Athletes’ Council.



Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow announced last week they are working together with the Canadian Paralympic Committee and that several Para athletes are helping to map the accessibility of trails across the country. The Calgary Herald talked to Canada’s Para ice hockey team member Cody Dolan about his involvement in the project. 



Tony Walby, chair of the Canadian Paralympic Athletes’ Council discussed his Para judo career and post-sport goals with Ottawa Sports Pages.



Last week, Canadian Para ice hockey star Tyler McGregor raised funds for the Terry Fox Foundation by skating 25 kilometres in his sled. His fundraising was featured on Hockey Night in Canada.



The PEI Archery Association invited local wounded or disabled veterans to take aim at the sport of Para archery this past weekend. The initiative proved to be a great success with some expected to pursue the sport further.



Another member of the women’s wheelchair basketball team was in the spotlight last week as Élodie Tessier was a guest on Canal M Radio’s Les passions de Camilles.  

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