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Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Sport Institute Network seeks next generation of Paralympians in Toronto

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This Saturday at from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM local time, the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Sport Institute Network will be at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario / Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre as part of a partnership effort with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to identify athletes who could be part of future Canadian Paralympic teams.



Canadian women’s national basketball team player Elaine Allard will be at the event, which is free and open to any athletes between the ages of 14 to 35 with a physical or visual impairment.  The organizers are looking for people who have participated and who never participated in disability sport before.  As part of the event, they will identify the sport that the person is best suited to participate in and could win in.


Allard was quoted by the Canadian Paralympic Committee as saying of the event, “I’m very excited to be involved in the Paralympian Search event in Toronto because I will always be grateful to the people who helped me get involved in parasport. I was first exposed to wheelchair basketball in my late teens while rehabbing from my accident, and ever since sport has provided me with unparalleled opportunity to grow as a person on and off the field of play. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to help more Canadians with a disability discover opportunities in Paralympic sport.”


Debbie Low, CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) was quoted by the Canadian Paralympic Committee as saying, “Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is delighted to welcome the Paralympian Search to our facility. […] This initiative is a unique and forward-thinking program to identify talented individuals and assist them on their sporting journey. Our team at CSIO is pleased to provide leadership and expertise in helping with the identification and support of new athletes. We look forward to working with many of these participants as they progress towards becoming Paralympic athletes.”


This talent identification event is part of a series of nationwide events to find athletes, both existing sportspeople with disabilities and those with disabilities who have never participated in sport before. Another event is scheduled for April 23 in Halifax at the Canada Games Centre. The following weekend, on April 30, another talent identification event will take place at the Complex sportif Claude Robillard in Montreal.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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