Variety Village to host the 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games on July 25 & 26

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - The 2008 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games are
coming to Scarborough as Variety Village wins its bid to host the Games.
    Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion made the announcement at a
press conference held at Variety Village on Tuesday, January 22. "The McGuinty
government is committed to supporting Ontario athletes and opportunities to
help them compete at their best," said Minister Best. "These Games are
particularly important because these athletes inspire all of us to strive for
personal excellence while leading active and healthy lives."
    "Variety Village is proud to host these Games," said Steve Bialowas,
Co-Chair of the Host Organizing Committee (HOC). "Our community is excited
about showcasing this region's athletic talent as well as its support for
amateur sport."
    The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion provides funding to the Games
which are delivered by the Sport Alliance of Ontario and in partnership with
Paralympics Ontario. Paralympics Ontario's Games Council conferred a unanimous
yes vote upon Variety Village's bid to host the Games. The Games Council
represents the Ontario Blind Sports Association, Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports
Association, Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association and the Ontario Amputee,
Les Autres Sports Association and the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Associations.
    This set of Games is the Provincial Championships for many of the summer
sport opportunities for athletes with a physical disability, within Ontario.
These will include; Track and Field, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Goalball (for
athletes with visual impairments and blindness), Para Equestrian and
    Variety Village is working in partnership with Centennial College for the
hospitality and accommodations of the Games while the Para Equestrian event
will be hosted by C.A.R.D., a longtime focus project of Variety the Children's
Charity in Ontario.
    Over the next few months, the HOC and hundreds of volunteers will be hard
at work getting ready to host this amazing event.
    The Games will build pride in the community and celebrate the
accomplishments of our Ontario athletes.

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Elmy, Director, Communications, Variety -
The Children's Charity and Variety Village, (416) 367-2828 x 249, Toll Free:
1-888-751-5437,; Matt Rhodes, Marketing &
Communications Manager, Paralympics Ontario, Phone: (416) 426-7030, Toll Free:

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