The 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games a Great Success

    TORONTO, July 27 /CNW/ - The 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games
officially closed at the athlete's banquet on Saturday, July 26 after two days
of high-level competition by 134 athletes.
    The closing banquet, held at Centennial College's Progress Campus, was a
hit with the athletes and guests alike. Minister of Health Promotion,
Margarett Best congratulated the athletes, coaches and trainers, praising
their hard work, skill and dedication.
    "The athletes and their coaches who participated in this year's ParaSport
Games are role models for all Ontarians," said Margarett Best, Minister of
Health Promotion. "Their hard work and dedication is an inspiration to all of
us, and I take pride in congratulating them. I am already looking forward to
next year's ParaSport Summer Games in Woodstock."
    Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director, Paralympics Ontario was assisted by
Joe Millage of Shoppers Home Health Care in presenting Merit Awards to the
Games' outstanding athletes.
    These Ontario provincial championships for athletes with a physical
disability showcased the best athletic talent Ontario has to offer at five
extraordinary venues, including Variety Village, the Scarborough Bluffs Tennis
Club, CARD and Birchmount Stadium. Eleven of the athletes who competed are set
to go on to compete at the Beijing Paralympics in September.
    "I am extremely proud of our athletes, our community and our organizing
committee team members and volunteers," said Steve Bialowas, Chair of the Host
Organizing Committee (HOC). "They all worked hard to make these the best Games
ever, and I believe they have succeeded."
    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. Sport competitions included; Track and Field, Boccia,
Wheelchair Tennis, Goalball (for athletes with visual impairments and
blindness), Paraequestrian and Powerlifting.
    Minister of Health Promotion, Margarett Best presented the ParaSport
Torch to representatives of the City of Woodstock, which will host the 2009
Ontario ParaSport Summer Games.

    Images available upon request.

    For Games Results and more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Elmy, Director, Communications, Variety
Village, 3701 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON, M1N 2G2, Phone: (416) 698-4032,
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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