SCARBOROUGH, ON, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Media and the public are invited to meet London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist Josh Vander Vies and take a few shots in his precision sport of boccia on Friday, Nov. 2 at 12 noon at Variety Village's 16th Annual Active Living Conference.
Vander Vies and Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Joel Dembe will be onsite for an announcement of a new partnership between the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Invacare Canada, which will make sports more accessible by providing sport wheelchairs and hand cycles to CPC's Para-Equipment Fund.
All are welcome to try a number of Paralympic sports such as sledge hockey, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball along with Toronto-area students, educators, coaches, parents and healthcare professionals as part of the Active Living Conference's activity program.
The conference also includes exhibitors and guest speakers who help promote and educate active living opportunities for people of all abilities.
|WHO:||François Robert||Executive Director, Partnerships, CPC|
|Archie Allison||Director, Access & Awareness, Variety Village|
|Vince Morelli||General Manager, Invacare Canada|
|Josh Vander Vies|| Boccia Paralympian - bronze medallist - London 2012
|Joel Dembe||Wheelchair Tennis Paralympian|
|WHAT:|| Media conference to announce the partnership between Invacare Canada and the
Canadian Paralympic Committee as well a photo opportunity with Paralympic athletes
and local Toronto-area students.
After the press conference media are invited to stay and take part in the many activities
planned during Active Living Conference afternoon session including boccia, curling,
sledge hockey, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and guided running.
| WHEN & WHERE:
|| Friday November 2, 2012
Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, ON
For more information on the Active Living Conference visit www.varietyvillage.ca
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.
About Variety Village
Variety Village is a world-recognized authority providing integrated sports, fitness, life skills and learning programs that impact lives and strengthen communities. Variety Village empowers individuals of all ages and abilities by providing accessible, safe, inclusive, and adapted fitness and sports through facilitation, skills transfer, and training. Our impact also extends well beyond the walls of the Village. Through our outreach programs, we provide opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the province and across Canada to participate in fitness, sports, education and recreational activities. When you walk through the doors of Variety Village, ability becomes your focus.
Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home care and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. The Company has 6,100 associates and markets its products in 80 countries around the world. For more information about the Company and its products, visit Invacare's website at www.invacare.com.
SOURCE: CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
For further information:
Director, Marketing & Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613.569.4333 ext. 242
Director, Communications and Special Events
Tel: 416.699.7167 x249
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Vince Morelli | General Manager