OTTAWA – – The Canadian Paralympic Committee joins the family, friends and teammates of Toronto swimmer Cassidy Sheng, in mourning her death to cancer on Jan. 10 at age 14.
Cassidy swam with the Variety Village Flames and aspired to compete this summer at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. Cassidy lost her leg from an earlier bout of cancer and was featured in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s “It’s More Than Sport” recruitment ad campaign which launched in December 2012, when she was 12.
At that time, Cassidy said: “I love swimming and am so proud to show people that swimming is one of the many fun sports that kids with a disability can do.”
“Cassidy and her parents have been so generous in sharing their story and in inspiring others to get involved in parasport,” said Karen O’Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “We are devastated at the loss of this fearless, smart and strong young Canadian. Our thoughts are with Cassidy’s family at this most difficult time.”
In recent months, Cassidy had grown close to her sporting idol Stephanie Dixon, a three-time Paralympic swimmer, 19-time Paralympic medallist and the Assistant Chef de Mission for the Toronto 2015 Paralympic Games. Dixon travelled from her home in Whitehorse, Yukon to visit Cassidy in Toronto.
“It was really an honor to have met and gotten to know Cassidy,” said Dixon. “She is an incredible individual who is filled with so much kindness, passion and light. She was very young but she really showed the world that it’s not how much time you have on this earth, but what you do with that time. She has touched so many people’s lives and her sprit does live on in our hearts.”