Parasport Festival Debuts At Canada Army Run


Alison Korn

September 16, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – The Canadian Paralympic Committee, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On program, presents the inaugural Parasport Festival at Canada Army Run!

Everyone is invited to play disability sports and learn how to get involved. 

– Meet Jason Dunkerley, a five-time Paralympic medallist in athletics, learn how he competes as a blind athlete, and try out visually-impaired running for yourself;

– Talk with Captain Christian Maranda, an Afghanistan veteran and a Soldier On athlete in paracanoe, about his life experiences and love of sport;

– Try your hand at sitting volleyball and sledge hockey, and check out adapted sports equipment from para-triathlon, wheelchair tennis, para-alpine skiing, and more!

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is showcasing the military roots of the Paralympic movement. The Soldier On program was created by a joint venture between the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Armed Forces to provide sport opportunities for ill and injured military personnel.


Friday Sept. 20, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (sport participation 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Saturday Sept. 21, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (sport participation 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)


West side of Ottawa City Hall lawn (race kit pick up location)


Jason Dunkerley, five-time Paralympic medallist in athletics

Captain Christian Maranda, Afghanistan veteran and Soldier On athlete in para-canoe

Coaches and athletes from local sport organizations


Play sledge hockey, sitting volleyball, and experience running with a visual impairment; discover adapted sports equipment and meet representatives from 12 sports for people with a disability.

Parasport Festivals are designed to offer Canadians the chance to experience a variety of parasports for themselves and discover opportunities to get involved – whether as an athlete, coach, parent or volunteer.

All activities are free and open to everyone!

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Scott Harrigan
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