ParaSport® Ontario is inviting student classes, educators and assistants from Secondary Schools across the Niagara Region to participate in a special event called the Niagara Parasport Festival.
A two-day community festival, and Day One is Education Day, dedicated exclusivity to Niagara’s high school community.
It’s all happening on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (event is open until 6 p.m. so stay as long as you like) at the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill.
“All In for EveryBODY” is a unique learning day to open minds to new perspectives and ideas about inclusive and adapted sport and recreation.
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Highly sought-after keynote speakers from Ontario’s disability community, like Niagara’s own Paralympian Jeff Tiessen, renowned TedX "body positivity" speaker Talli Osborne and “Lady of the Lakes” Marathon Swimmer Vicki Keith, guarantee to engage, educate and motivate our student audience.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn about disability and pathways to participation in adapted sport from Niagara athletes Chris Garner (pargolfer), Tess Trojan (Special Olympian), Brock University’s Amber Briar (para-fencer) and Niagara College’s Julian Caverley (sledge hockey and boccia).
And after the keynotes… over 20 adapted sport and activity stations to try for everyBODY!
Opportunity to Visit the Festival's Community Expo
Networking with Paralympians and Inclusion and Adapted Sport Experts
“Introduction to Inclusion” provincially-recognized certificate of participation
Activity Challenge – enter a sitting volleyball and/or wheelchair basketball team for some fun and friendly play against other Niagara High Schools
Plus… plenty of take-home educational materials and some special surprises for students.
And many on-site student engagement opportunities… like our white board “Say What You Will” wall.
All programming is FREE with registration.
Food Trucks on Site for Lunch and Refreshments Purchase or Students can bring their own.
Body Positivity. International TedX presenter Talli Osborne takes to the stage with her message of finding body positivity, with hers that does not conform to norms.
Transformational Teaching. The “Lady of the Lakes”, world-renowned marathon swimmer Vicki Keith shares incredible life experiences and her approach to leadership, with a lens on respect, responsibility and relationships.
Niagara resident Jeff Tiessen, a three-time Paralympian, gold-medalist, world-record holder, best-selling author and advocate, sets the stage for the day with a new mindset on disability inclusion and diversity.
Hosted by ParaSport® Ontario, a disability sports organization that supports all members of the disability community in finding a sport or activity of choice. There is a sport for everyBODY!”