Huntsville, ON — The Town of Huntsville, in partnership with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, has been selected to host the 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games (2012 OPWG). The Canada Summit Centre, Huntsville High School, Riverside Public School, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area and Arrowhead Provincial Park will host events throughout the fourth weekend in February, 2012.
“I know the Town of Huntsville will be an excellent host community for the 2012 ParaSport Winter Games. Through the enthusiasm and community spirit generated by the Town and its partners, I am confident these games will be a memorable event for everyone involved. These Games support the government’s commitment to increasing sport participation and to providing opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete at home.” Said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion and Sport
“We are thrilled to be chosen as hosts for this prestigious event”, said Debbie Kirwin, Chair of the Huntsville 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games Bid/Host Organizing Committee. “This will be a fabulous opportunity to showcase the amazing abilities of these athletes in a variety of disciplines. We are as excited as the athletes are to have the games here again. Based on the involvement of the community in 2006, we can ensure the athletes that the 2012 Games will be the best ever!
This will be the second time Huntsville has hosted the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games, as they hosted the Inaugural Ontario Paralympic Winter Championship in 2006. The Games are scheduled to take place from February 23-26, 2012. Approximately 450 participants from across Ontario are expected, including 300 athletes, support staff, coaches and officials. The seven competitive sports include ParaAlpine Skiing, ParaNordic Skiing, Sledge Hockey, Wheelchair Curling, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Swimming.
“The Town of Huntsville submitted a very thorough and comprehensive bid,” said Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director for ParaSport Ontario. “The bid was selected based on a great demonstration of community support and the choice of impressive and accessible sporting and accommodation venues.”
“The Sport Alliance is very pleased to be working again with Huntsville on hosting one of our Ontario Games.” Said Blair McIntosh, Director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario. “The Town of Huntsville has a strong history of hosting major sporting events and we know they will do a tremendous job with the 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games and that the games will be an incredible experience for our athletes.”
Other members of the Bid Committee are Lea Anne Zielonko, Brian Harvey, John Davis, Peter Redwood, John Jerrett, Joan Jerrett, Lynda Jacob, Wilf McQuinn, Ray Love, John Finley and Denise Corry from the Town of Huntsville and Kate Austin from the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.
Letters of support for the Huntsville bid for the 2012 OPWG were received from Mayor Claude Doughty, Debbie Kirwin-Chair of the Huntsville Accessibility Advisory Committee, as well as various community organizations, businesses and tourism partners.
The 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games are provided with grant funding from the Ministry of Health Promotion. The 2012 OPWG are delivered by The Sport Alliance of Ontario in partnership with ParaSport Ontario. For more information about the Ontario ParaSport Games or ParaSport Ontario please, please visit www.parasportontario.ca