Calgary, AB – Calgary resident, Patrick Jarvis wants to raise money for Paralympians and aspiring Paralympians alike and is willing to endure one of the great races in the world, the 115th running of the Boston Marathon, to do his part. Organizing and training for his run as a fundraiser in support of the Canadian Paralympic Foundation and ParaSport Ontario, Patrick a Paralympian himself, is giving back to a sport system that offered him opportunity.
“There is abundant evidence that Canadians with a disability have far less opportunity to enjoy and benefit from positive experiences in recreation and sport than their mainstream counterparts” says Jarvis. “I want to help change that in a tangible way by helping raise funds to support sport opportunities for those with a physical disability.”
According to the 2009 Active Healthy Kids Report (Active Healthy Kids Canada) only 3% of Canadians with a disability are involved in organized sport, compared to 31% of able-bodied Canadians. With the success of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the increased awareness and demand for grass roots ParaSport development has started to take shape in the country.
“I have always been impressed and inspired by Patrick’s passion and dedication to the Paralympic Movement,” said Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario. “We are truly honored that Patrick has chosen ParaSport Ontario as one of the “Run Jarvis, Run” recipients and will ensure that any funds raised will be put to great use in creating ParaSport opportunities at the grass roots and provincial levels”.
“This run is just the latest example of Patrick’s efforts to help promote and grow the ParaSport system in Canada,” added David Legg, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “His commitment to strengthening the Paralympic Movement in Canada and across the globe is remarkable.”
Patrick Jarvis has been appointed Member to the Order of Canada. He is a not only former Paralympian, but also Canadian Paralympic Foundation President, LiFT (2010 Legacies Now Board Member), Governing Board Member-at-Large of the IPC, VANOC Board Member, former CPC President, and former Canadian Team Chef de Mission. In these many roles, Mr. Jarvis has worked tirelessly to advance opportunities for Canadians with disabilities to participate in sport and compete at Paralympic Games.
Follow Patrick’s Journey through his blog at http://runjarvisrun.blogspot.com/. You can also follow Patrick at http://facebook.com/runjarvisrun.