The Ontario Parasport Games are Coming to Mississauga
Mississauga will be hosting the Ontario Parasport Games in 2021, bringing up to 400 athletes from around the province to compete.
The Announcement was made on April 16 at the Paramount Fine Foods Center, aligning with the third annual Parasport Try-It day. The event allowed up to 100 students from eight local high schools the opportunity to participate in parasports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, seated volleyball and wheelchair rugby.
The event is hosted in hopes of boosting awareness of parasports in local schools. Parasport athletes led each sports event by teaching students the basics of the sport as well as how to officiate a game. Each participating school paired up with a para-athlete and competed in a tournament.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie was present during the announcement, and shared in the excitement of Mississauga hosting the 2021 games. "An inclusive community gives everyone an opportunity to shine. The Ontario Parasport Games will help highlight Mississauga's commitment to accessibility and inclusive programming for all. I look forward to welcoming these young athletes from across our great province in 2021," said Crombie.
The Ontario Parasport Games began in 1975 and are supported and managed by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Games are hosted every two years.
The MTCS Ontario Games Program includes the 55+ summer and winter games, as well as summer and winter games for youth.
Earlier in February, Durham Region hosted this years Parasport Games. And in two years, it's Mississauga's turn to host.
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