Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Children who are blind and partially sighted participate in first-ever CNIB Mini Games

TORONTO, July 17, 2015 /CNW/ - In celebration of Toronto's Pan and Parapan Am Games, children who are blind and partially sighted from CNIB's SCORE Summer Camp will participate in the 2015 CNIB Mini Games, taking place this Friday July 17 at Leaside Park..

Campers have been perfecting their skills throughout the week in preparation for a culminating event on Friday, July 17 where they will participate in sports such as relay, long jump, and soccer. Opening remarks will be provided by  Parapan Am athletes George Quarcoo and Cassie Orgeles. The event will be followed by medal ceremony at the CNIB Centre.

SCORE campers are from 7 to 10 years of age and are living with varying levels of vision loss.

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015

Time: Mini Games - 10 a.m.12 p.m.
Medal Ceremony – 12:30 p.m.2p.m.

Location: MiniGames - Leaside Park, 200 Hanna Road, Toronto, ON M4G 3N8
Medal Ceremony – CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 3E8
In the event of rain, all activities will take place at the CNIB Centre.

Available for interview and photographs:

  • George Quarcoo Paralympic runner in the 100m and 200m races in the T12 track category for athletes with vision loss who run with a guide
  • Cassie Orgeles Canadian Women's Goalball player
  • Sue Marsh-Woods Regional Manager, Services and Operations, CNIB
  • Mark Rankin Specialist, Orientation and Mobility, CNIB
  • Children from CNIB Score Summer Camp

About George Quarcoo
George was born fully sighted, but lost most of his vision at the age of 9. He has never let his vision loss get in the way of any goal, dream, or opportunity that comes his way. George will be competing in the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.

About Cassie Orgeles
Cassie has been legally blind since birth. She has been on the women's national Goalball team since 2010 and competed in the 2012 Paralympic in London and the Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games. Cassie will be competing in the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.

SOURCE CNIB

For further information: please contact: Sara Wilbur, Specialist, Corporate Communications, CNIB, Phone: 416-486-2500 ext. 7157, E-mail: Sara.Wilbur@cnib.ca

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