Chair Challenge 2015

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In Support of Wheelchair Athletes across Ontario

The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association together with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association would like to invite you, and a select group of community and business leaders in the Toronto area to participate in the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association’s first ever Chair Challenge Day on Monday June 15th.

Our aim is to build awareness of the challenges of chair mobility and provide a small glimpse into the lives and achievements of Ontario’s 2015 Parapan Am athletes as we count down to the Games. Your participation will also support wheelchair sport programs across the province of Ontario.

Our challenge to you:

  1. Spend a day (or afternoon) in a wheelchair on Monday June 15th;

  2. Go about your regular activity – in a chair – and let us know how it changes your perspective on accessibility;

  3. Tweet, post and share your experience in social media;

  4. Wrap-up the day as we all come together for a game of pick-up wheelchair basketball with a few high performance wheelchair basketball athletes at the Wellesley Community Centre;

  5. Choose your level of support knowing that the money raised will be used to help wheelchair sport programs across the province.

At the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA), we see our athletes as people who happen to have physical disabilities. We appreciate their talent, skill and athleticism on the field of play but often don’t realize the challenges they have overcome in their daily lives. By spending a few hours or a full day in their shoes, you will gain an appreciation of their true accomplishments in sport and in life. As a community leader, you can play an influential role in building awareness for accessibility – and appreciation for Canada’s world-leading Parapan Am athletes.

 Fast facts:

  • One in seven people in the province of Ontario have a disability. That number is expected to grow to one in five by 2036;

  • Customers with disabilities are a growing market. In the next 20 years, an aging population and people with disabilities will represent 40% of total income in Ontario – that’s $536 Billion.

How to get involved:

  • Contact Laura Wilson, Executive Director, OWSA to register:
    416-426-7189 /;
  • OWSA will coordinate the chair and provide training and advice on how to make your way around the City;
  • OWSA will offer communications support via social media and the news media to build awareness of the Chair Challenge.

About the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA)

At the OWSA, we believe that participation in sport is an integral part of living a healthy, active lifestyle. For those that acquire a disability as a result of an illness or injury, participation in sport can be an important part of the healing process. We are dedicated to the development and promotion of athlete centred, amateur wheelchair sport programs. We are responsible for building and supporting programs and the recruitment and development of athletes for wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair athletics in the province of Ontario. We also provide competitive athletes with a high performance pathway and the support needed to allow them to reach their maximum potential.

Proceeds from the Chair Challenge will be used to support the recruitment, training and development of our wheelchair athletes.

Download the Chair Challenge Registration Form (pdf) here.

Find more information about How the Chair Challenge Works (pdf) here.

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Deputy Minister Drew Fagan
Ministry of Tourism Culture & Sport
Pan/ParaPan American Games Secretariat
Government of Ontario

City Councillor Kristyn Wong- Tam
Ward 23 – Toronto Centre – Rosedale

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