People with disabilities from Vancouver Island were introduced to wheelchair athletics through two recent Have a Go Days. Athletes had the opportunity to try both wheelchair racing and para-throws.
In Victoria, three new participants came out to try the sport. Two peer athletes attended to help support the participants. Two coaches from able-bodied clubs also attended. At the Nanaimo Have a Go Day, four new participants tried wheelchair racing and/or throws and four peer athletes attended. We were also pleased to have four Child Development staff members attend to learn more about para-sport. Two able-bodied coaches and five club volunteers also participated.
Both Have a Go Days have resulted in athletes wanting to continue participating in the sport. Several coaches who attended have also expressed interest in coaching within these clubs.
Thank you to the Active Living Alliance For Canadians With a Disability (ALACD) and the Government of Canada for their support in hosting these Have a Go Days to raise awareness of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and allow people with disabilities to get involved in sport.
To see a photo album from the Nanaimo Have a Go Day, click here.