Ontario Investing in Equipment for Para-Athletes
Province Ensuring 2015 Games are Accessible and Benefit Ontarians of all Abilities
Ontario is investing $100,000 to help people with disabilities participate in parasport, through a partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).
Through the CPC's Games legacy program, the province is helping participating organizations and municipalities acquire para equipment that meets the needs of athletes with disabilities, including audible balls, eye shades, wheelchair rugby chairs and ramps.
This investment will support the development and training of para-athletes, increase participation in parasport and build on Ontario's accessibility plan to leave long-lasting benefits for Ontarians with disabilities and para-athletes after the 2015 Games.
Supporting the development of our para-athletes and a successful 2015 Games is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- With more than 1,600 athletes from 28 countries participating in 15 sports, the 2015 Games will be the largest in Parapan Am Games history.
- The province supports its para-athletes year round with direct financial assistance through programs like Quest for Gold.
- The province also invests in the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to help ensure our high-performance para-athletes and athletes have the specialized training and tools they need to win medals in their sport.
- Hosting the 2015 Games will showcase Ontario to an international audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
“The TO2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games represent a unique opportunity to support accessibility and inclusion in Ontario now and for the future. Together with our unprecedented Games legacy investments in accessible training and sporting facilities, this parasport equipment will help para-athletes and Ontarians of all abilities unlock their full potential right here at home.”
“Our government is working hard to ensure that accessibility is not only highlighted during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, but that it becomes a key priority and standard part of the way businesses and individuals think in our society. I’m thrilled that the Games will highlight the success we can achieve if we all come together and break down barriers for persons with disabilities, realizing the true economic and societal benefits of becoming more accessible.”
“On behalf of the Sport Legacy partners, we are pleased with this investment from the province of Ontario towards enhancing opportunities for athletes with a disability. This is a very positive first step in the right direction towards increasing participation and awareness in parasport in Ontario. Priority areas such as equipment, coaching and accessible sports facilities are essential to maximizing the performances of our potential champions, both present and future, and we applaud the Government of Ontario for this initiative.”