Athletic Ability at its Finest - 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games Kick-off on Friday, July 25

    TORONTO, July 24 /CNW/ - The Lighting of the Torch and Parade of Athletes
are expected to be an inspiring kick-off to the opening ceremonies of the 2008
Ontario ParaSport Summer Games. The excitement begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on
Friday, July 25 in the field-house at Variety Village.
    Eleven of the 134 high-performance athletes competing at these Ontario
provincial championships, taking place Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26,
will also compete at the Beijing Paralympics. Many others have competed at
past Paralympics, but won their first medals at the Ontario ParaSport Summer
Games, where many athletic champions are discovered. The sport competitions
begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25.
    The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion provides funding for the Games,
which are delivered by the Sport Alliance of Ontario and in partnership with
Paralympics Ontario. Shoppers Home Health Care is the Provincial Sponsor.
Sport competition includes; Track and Field, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis,
Goalball (for athletes with visual impairments and blindness), Paraequestrian
and Powerlifting.
    "These Games are an inspiration for all Ontarians to lead active, healthy
lives," said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion. "By participating,
Ontario's talented ParaSport athletes and coaches are encouraging all
Ontarians to be more active, while raising the profile of Ontario's ParaSport
    Centennial College is providing hospitality and accommodations for the
athletes, coaches and trainers. C.A.R.D. (Community Association for Riding for
the Disabled), is hosting the Paraequestrian competition, the Scarborough
Bluffs Tennis Club will host Wheelchair Tennis, and Track and Field will take
place at Birchmount Stadium. Goalball, Boccia and Powerlifting competitions
take place at Birchmount Park Collegiate and Variety Village.

    "Variety Village is proud to host the ParaSport Games," said Steve
Bialowas, Chair of the Host Organizing Committee. "Our community and our staff
and volunteers are excited about showcasing this region's athletic talent as
well as its support for amateur sport."

    Images available upon request and interviews are being confirmed.

    For more information about the athletes, sport competitions and host
venues, visit

    Visit the 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games website at

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Elmy, Director, Communications, Variety
Village, 3701 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON, M1N 2G2, (416) 367-2828 x 249, Cell:
(647) 272-7061, Toll Free: 1-888-751-5437,; Matt
Rhodes, Marketing & Communications Manager, Paralympics Ontario, Phone: (416)
426-7030, Toll Free: 1-800-265-1539,

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