Be a Part of the Ontario ParaSport® Games Program.

Join the team of municipalities that are proud to say – “We’ve hosted the Ontario ParaSport® Games!”

The Ontario ParaSport® Games promote public awareness of the Paralympic movement, sport and showcase Ontario’s best athletes. The Ontario ParaSport® Games provide host communities with an opportunity to make their community’s barrier free and leave a legacy for persons with a disability in the community.

The Ontario ParaSport® Games are an annual event held in the selected host community. Over 425 participants, including athletes, coaches/managers, support staff and officials take part in 3 days of competition amongst 7-10 sports. Over 150 volunteers help to bring this event together and contribute to its success. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport supports the Ontario ParaSport® Games and provides the host community with partnership funding worth $60 000.

In recent years there has been significant change in the development of the Ontario Games Program. It is therefore a very exciting time to be hosting a set of Games!! The Games offer participants, volunteers and spectators an opportunity to experience the excitement of a major competitive event, while leaving behind an important legacy of community pride and sport tourism development.

Each bid must address the components outlined in the Bid Guidelines and is evaluated against criteria established by SAO. Please review the following documents for more information on the opportunities to host the Ontario ParaSport® Games or contact Alan Trivett at alan@parasportontario.ca.

Sports

There are 7-15 sports that can be included in the ParaSport® Games, dependent on the season. Some sports will fall into the Summer Games, while others qualify for the Winter Games. Four Multi-Sport Organizations and six Provincial Sport Organizations supervise and co-ordinate the individual sports wtihin the Ontario ParaSport® Games as well as conducting Provincial Championships and other competitions throughout the year.

Classification is simply a structure for competition. Not unlike wrestling, boxing and weightlifting, where athletes are categorized by weight classes, athletes with disabilities are grouped in classes defined by the degree of function presented by the disability.

Traditionally there are athletes who belong to six different disability groups in the Paralympic Movement: amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability and a group which includes all those that do not fit into the aforementioned groups.

Classes are determined by a variety of processes that may include a physical and technical assessment and observation in and out of competition. The classes are defined by each sport and form part of the sport rules.

Classification is an ongoing process. When an athlete starts competing, they are allocated a class that may be reviewed throughout the athlete’s career. Sports certify individuals to conduct the process of classification and these officials are known as classifiers. Since the 1960s, the development of sport for athletes with a disability has produced the development of classification systems; and this continues to evolve to the present day.

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2017 Winter ParaSport®Games

Brantford

This will mark the first time Brantford and the County of Brant will host the Ontario ParaSport® Games.

“ParaSport® Ontario is thrilled that Brantford and the County of Brant will be hosting our Games and look forward to working with them to deliver a Best in Class experience for Ontario’s top para-athletes” Alan Trivett, Executive Director, ParaSport® Ontario

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Previous Hosts

Northumberland County

2014

Kingston

2013

Huntsville

2012

Sarnia

2011

Kingston

2010

Woodstock

2009

Scarborough (Summer)

2008

Collingwood (Winter)

2008

Sarnia

2007

London (Summer)

2006

Huntsville (Winter)

2006

Essex

2005

Etobicoke

2004

Sarnia

2003

Kitchener

2002

No Games

2001

Oshawa (Summer)

2000

Sault St. Marie (Winter)

2000

Kitchener

1999

Scarborough

1998

New Liskeard

1997

Peterborough

1996

St. Catharines

1995

Windsor

1994

Thunder Bay

1993

Sudbury

1992

Hamilton

1991

Etobicoke

1990

Ottawa

1989

North York

1988

North York

1987

No Games

1986

Windsor

1985

Toronto

1984

Brampton

1983

Sarnia

1982

Burlington

1981

Sault St. Marie

1980

Oshawa

1979

Windsor

1978

Brantford

1977

London

1976

Cambridge

1975

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