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Chris Garner Wins “Male Athlete of the Year” Award

left leg amputee Chris Garner lining up for his golf shot on the green. Clear blue sky, no clouds, course lake is in the horizon. Chris is wearing a blue golf shirt, black pants, and a black Nike compression sleeve to match his white Nike golf gloves.

Chris Garner, a Niagara Falls athlete, has won ParaSport® Ontario’s Male Athlete of the Year Award. ParaSport® Ontario Athlete of the Year awards are bestowed based on outstanding effort in improving their skill and their contribution in growing their sport or activity. The award will be presented at The Power Within online event. Chris was chosen because of his selfless dedication to connecting with the community and potential PO members, engaging them in activities and generally for the strong contribution he continues to make to the parasport community.

Chris is a multi-sport athlete who has competed at the provincial level in Para Ice Hockey, Golf and Seated Volleyball. He has even taken a shot at Circus arts during the Parasport Festival in Niagara Falls. He loves to meet challenges and continuously raises the bar in both skill acquisition and competitive application of those skills. The single father of three also coaches community soccer and teaches in the ParaSport Ontario “Try Me” programs.

Chris Garner thanks his mother Judy, his children Brennan, Jaiden and Kayla, his father Andy, his friends, coaches, Todd Kierstead and Team TK, Brock Golf and the Niagara Penguins Association for their support during his amazing 2020 journey.

The Athlete of the Year award will be presented to Chris on February 18th, 2021 during The Power Within celebration, ParaSport® Ontario’s first online event. The event is a celebration for the release of a legacy publication titled The Power of ParaSport, a written history of parasports spanning five decades and detailing the visionaries, pioneers, milestones, and athletes in Ontario. The night will be attended by award winners and special guests including professional speaker Alvin Law, trainer and advocate Johannah Jackson, singer-song writer Justin Hines, and Paralympian Jeff Adams.

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