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 Jeff Tiessen at email@example.com.
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.
2017 Winter ParaSport®Games
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® OntarioVisit Site
Sault St. Marie (Winter)
Sault St. Marie