ParaSport® Ontario To Present Annual Awards At Upcoming 2010 OPWG

Eleven Ontario Multi Sport (MSOs) and Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) have been invited to nominate athletes, coaches and volunteers for ParaSport Ontario’s Annual Awards, which will be presented at the upcoming Ontario ParaSport Winter Games being held in Kingston, January 22-24.  Award categories include: ParaSport Ontario Male and Female Athletes of the Year; ParaSport Ontario Coach of the Year; ParaSport Ontario Team of the Year, the Ron Foster Award and the Bob Secord Award.  ParaSport Ontario (PO) will also pay special recognition to the Games’ Organizing Committees of the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games that were held in Woodstock and the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games being held in Kingston.

ParaSport Ontario partners with these 11 MSOs and PSOs to deliver the Ontario ParaSport Summer and Winter Games for athletes with physical disabilities.  Each Organization has been invited to nominate its outstanding athletes, coaches and volunteers for these prestigious awards.

The PARASPORT ONTARIO MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR, COACH OF THE YEAR AND TEAM OF THE YEAR are overall awards.  Ontario ParaSport Games MSOs and PSOs are invited to nominate their male and female athletes, coaches and teams of the year for these awards.  A ParaSport Ontario Awards Selection Committee will review nominations based upon the information and bios submitted by the MSOs/PSOs.  Only information from the 2008/2009 season will be considered by the Selection Committee.

The RON FOSTER award has been designed to recognize volunteers at the Provincial level who have dedicated their time and energy towards the delivery of opportunities for athletes with a physical disability in sport and recreation.  Ron Foster was Chair of the Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled (OGPD) in 1985.  He became Chair of the Ontario Games Council, a position he retained for a number of years.  He was also a big supporter of Sport for Disabled – Ontario (now ParaSport Ontario).  The Ron Foster Award was created in honour of all his volunteer work on behalf of SDO (now PO) and Games.  Candidates must have continuously demonstrated leadership at the Provincial level by helping to develop opportunities for athletes with a disability.  In addition, candidates must be a registered volunteer in good standing with an MSO/PSO participating in the Ontario ParaSport Games Program and must have volunteered for that MSO/PSO for ten years continuously.

The BOB SECORD Award recognizes an athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of the “Ontario ParaSport Games” demonstrating performance and achievements as an athlete, one who is a role model to fellow athletes and one who has demonstrated camaraderie and leadership on and off the field of competition. Bob Secord’s life long contribution to the development and advancement of people through participation in sport and athletic endeavors is well-known to Canada’s athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, organizers, volunteers and the media.  In recognition of Bob’s achievements, his family decided to initiate the Bob Secord Award of Excellence to be presented at the Ontario Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled (now called the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games / the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games) and the Ontario Senior Games.  It is hoped that with this award, Bob’s ideals and invaluable contribution will endure.  At each ParaSport Summer and Winter Games, Shoppers Home Health Care, a provincial sponsor of ParaSport Ontario, presents a Shoppers Home Health Care Award of Merit to one athlete per sport who best demonstrates the criteria outlined for the Bob Secord Award.  This year, athletes selected for these awards at both the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games held in Woodstock as well as the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games being held in Kingston will automatically become the nominees for the 2009 Bob Secord Award.

All award recipients will be invited to attend either the V.I.P. Reception being held on January 22nd or the Games Closing Banquet at which time the awards will be presented.  Those unable to join us in Kingston will receive their award at a later date at one of their own club functions to be determined following the Games.

We look forward to recognizing all of these outstanding individuals. One nomination form per MSO/PSO per category will be accepted.  These forms can be found on the ParaSport Ontario Website.