Let the Games Begin! 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games 

For Immediate Release
2/9/2017 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

Brantford and County of Brant, ON – The City of Brantford and the County of Brant are ready to welcome over 360 participants including athletes, coaches, support staff and officials to the area for the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games. The event takes place the weekend of February 10 to 12, 2017 with athletes from all over the province participating in 11 exciting sport competitions.

The Opening Ceremonies, made possible by presenting sponsor OLG, take place on February 10, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The RISE Centre and will be broadcast live on Rogers TV Cable 20. The kick-off event includes a parade of athletes, local entertainment, video presentations, athletes’ oath, and the declaration of the opening of the Games with the lighting of the Games cauldron.

Sport competitions take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 with end times varying by sport. Throughout the two days of competition, para-athletes will go for gold in a variety of sports including 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, boccia, goalball, sledge hockey, sitting volleyball and more. Members of the public are invited to attend all of the competitions, free of charge. For a detailed list of competitions, locations, news and updates about the Games, visit www.parasportwintergames2017.ca.

Operation Lift, a not-for-profit agency that provides accessible transportation to persons with disabilities, has offered to coordinate accessible transportation options for spectators to attend the sport competitions at no cost. If you require assistance obtaining accessible transportation to the sport competitions, please contact Operation Lift at 519-756-2170 before Thursday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Follow the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #WeCanDoAnything or #ParaSportGames2017. For more information about the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games, visit www.parasportwintergames2017.ca.

Quotes:

“The Ontario Parasport Games showcase some of the finest athletic talent in our province, with world-class athletes competing in eleven events. We invite everyone in the community to join in the excitement this weekend, whether as a participant or a volunteer.”
Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“The Ontario ParaSport Winter Games provide a valuable competitive opportunity for our aspiring athletes with the added advantages inherent in bringing athletes from different sports together at a multi-sport Games. The ParaSport Games serves as both a stepping stone to national and international competition and a source of camaraderie for athletes with a physical disability in Ontario. The City of Brantford and the County of Brant have created an ideal environment for performance with their excellent facilities and amazing volunteer network.”
Joe Millage, Chairperson of ParaSport Ontario.

“The City of Brantford is honoured and proud to welcome the inspirational athletes of the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games to our community. We so look forward to watching and celebrating their amazing athletic achievements and successes this weekend.”
City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel.

“As co-host, the County of Brant is pleased to welcome the 2017 ParaSport Games to our community. The Games will be a tremendous event and display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship, and will be immensely enjoyed by all citizens.”
County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy.

Media Contacts:

Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer
City of Brantford, Economic Development and Tourism
dclements@brantford.ca
519-751-9900 ext. 5045

Russell Press, Coordinator of Tourism & Community Development
County of Brant, Operation Services
russell.press@brant.ca
519-442-1818 ext. 3209

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Games Ontario

2017 Ontario ParaSport Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and the Ontario ParaSport Games.

Supporting Ontario sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan[1], which is encouraging as many people as possible to play organized sports, helping Ontario's high-performance athletes pursue excellence and promoting increased tourism and economic development.

[1] Information on the Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan can be found at http://mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/game-on-the-ontario-governments-sport-plan.shtml#_blank