Kingston, ON — The 2010 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games began today in the Limestone City with two of the six sports.
Sledge Hockey got underway with two games played at the Invista Centre. Team West (comprised of players from Kitchener, London, Sarnia, Windsor and Woolwich) beat Team North (Sudbury, North Bay, Elmvale, Markham, and Whitby) with a score of 3 to 1, while Team South (Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton and Niagara) trounced Team East (Ottawa, Kingston) with 10 goals over 1.
Meanwhile, six games of Wheelchair Curling were played at the Royal Kingston Curling Club. Ottawa’s RA Curling Club (skip Bruce Cameron) won both of their matches, as did the Bradford and District Curling Club (skip Ken Gregory). The Kenora Curling Club (skip Wayne Ficek) and the Fort William Curling Club (sakip Carl Levesque) each achieved one victory.
The other sports, which begin tomorrow, include ParaAlpine Skiing, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Swimming.
Approximately 450 participants from across Ontario are participating, including 300 athletes with a physical disability, support staff, coaches and officials.
“ParaSport athletes from all corners of our province will showcase their individual and collective talents in seven sports this weekend. Their dedication to being the best they can be is an inspiration to all Ontarians to lead active, healthy lives,” said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion.
The Ontario ParaSport Winter Games are delivered by the Sport Alliance of Ontario in partnership with ParaSport Ontario, the Sport Tourism Branch of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Canadian Forces Base Kingston, and the City of Kingston. The Government of Ontario is the primary funder of the Games.