Closing Ceremonies Features Local Artists

Kingston, ON — The Closing Ceremonies for the Kingston 2010 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games were held this evening at the K-Rock Centre.

The Masters of Ceremonies were Big G & Mathews of Kix 93.5, and the banquet included entertainment by local bluegrass trio The Abrams Brothers.

Members of the games organizing committee thanked all of the ParaSport athletes, coaches, officials, support staff, volunteers and spectators for a memorable weekend of competition.

Approximately 450 participants from across Ontario travelled to Kingston to participate, including 300 athletes with a physical disability such as spinal injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amputation, and blindness or visual impairment.

The six competitive sports include ParaAlpine Skiing, Sledge Hockey, Wheelchair Curling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Swimming.  The venues utilized for the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games include the Calabogie Peaks Resort, the Invista Centre, the Royal Kingston Curling Club, and the Kingston Military Community Sports Centre.

The Games conclude tomorrow.

“This event could not have been possible without the support of the City, our wonderful sponsors and the hundreds of volunteers that have been working on this event,” said John Munro, Chairman of the Kingston Games.

“I want to recognize and thank the members of the Games Organizing Committee for their diligent efforts. Under their leadership, the 2010 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games have been a resounding success for all participants and the City of Kingston,” 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.

For more information about the Ontario ParaSport Games or ParaSport Ontario, please visit www.parasportontario.ca, and for the Kingston Games, please visit www.ontarioparasportgames.com.