ParaSport Ontario is a non-profit organization that was established in 1981 and incorporated in 1988. PO has three member Provincial Multi-Sport Organizations: OALASA, OBSA & OCPSA. A volunteer Board of Directors, that includes the Presidents of all three member Provincial Multi-Sport Associations, governs the organization. One subcommittee of the board is the Ontario Games Council, which is responsible for all games related policies and procedures. PO affiliates a variety of ParaSport Clubs and more than 1800 athletes (inclusive of OALASA, OBSA, and OCPSA) on a yearly basis. These athletes are given the opportunity to compete in Regional and Provincial Level competitions. PO works in collaboration with Host Communities and 12 Provincial Multi-Sport Organizations and Provincial Sport Organizations in delivering Summer and Winter Multi-ParaSport Games as well as ParaSport Expos.
PO is also very proud of its development programs that include “Ready Willing and Able” and a “Community Sport Development Program”. Through these programs, PO delivers introductory sport sessions to athletes, coaches and officials throughout Ontario, and partners with communities to develop new ParaSport Clubs for athletes with physical disabilities. In addition, ParaSport Ontario works with Ontario municipalities to develop Accessible Sport Councils.
PO produces an annual magazine that is published just prior to ParaSport Games. PO holds an annual fundraising “Evening for Inclusion” in the fall which helps support PO development programs. In addition, PO presents annual awards that recognize the outstanding achievements of athletes and volunteers.
Visually impaired athletes compete in most track events from the 100m to the Marathon and in most field events, e.g. Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and Pentathlon. Athletics is very popular and competitions are held regularly all around Ontario. Local and regional competitions may lead to Provincial Games and National Championships. Athletics is one of the main events at the Paralympic Games, held every four years immediately after the Olympics. You can get involved in athletics through a local Track and Field or Athletics club. Visit http://athleticsontario.ca/clubs/
In all Paralympic sports support people are key. In Athletics for the blind and visually impaired guide running is a huge part of a blind athlete’s success and we are always looking for new guides to help support our athletes. If you are interested in becoming a guide runner please call us at 1-888-711-1112 with any questions.
With Athletics We have a Matching Program where we pair up a volunteer trainer with an athlete. Our database of volunteers span the province of Ontario so if you’re looking for someone to help with your training (recreational or competitive) within your community, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will match you up with a runner in your area.
If you are an organization that has athletes with a visual impairment please contact us! We can help educate coaches, run clinics for guide runners and support those athletes. If you have never worked with an athlete who is blind or visually impaired before don’t sweat it! We can provide resources and support to give your organization and the athlete the best possible experience. Please contact our office with any questions we are always happy to help newcomers in our sport community.
The Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (OCPSA), founded nearly three decades ago by a group of loyal volunteers, has emerged as a leader in the disability sport movement in Canada. Driven by the philosophy that sport and physical activity are instrumental in helping people of all abilities reach their full potential in life, we are committed to providing the highest caliber sports programming in Ontario with a special focus on children and adults within the cerebral palsy family.
The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA) is the governing body for amateur Wheelchair Sports in Ontario. We focus on the development and promotion of athlete centred amateur wheelchair sport programs.
- Get involved in wheelchair sports by participating in our recreational or high performance programs .
- Our athletes compete in league play and competitions, at the local, provincial, national and international level.
- Education & Outreach through our Bridging the Gap and Enabling Change programs. Try our sports first-hand in order to learn about wheelchair sports and appreciate the skill and athleticism of our athletes.