CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE TO LOOK FOR CANADA’S NEXT PARALYMPIC HOPEFULS IN TORONTO AND CALGARY

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ottawa, October 10, 2018 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee will be seeking Canada’s newest athletic talents as the next two Paralympian Search events head to Toronto and Calgary on October 27 and November 24.   

An athlete identification event that tests participant aptitudes to excel in various Paralympic sports, Paralympian Search aims to discover athletes with high development potential. The one-day event welcomes all athletes ages 14 and up with a physical or visual disability. 

The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario will co-host Paralympian Search at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on October 27. Marissa Papaconstantinou from Scarborough, Ont., one of Canada’s bright young stars in Para athletics, will be the event’s athlete ambassador and provide guidance to the participants throughout the day. Papaconstantinou, age 18, made her Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games and scored a Top 10 finish in the 100m. 

“I’m so excited to meet aspiring athletes and help guide them through a fun but challenging day of testing,” said Papaconstantinou. “Paralympian Search is an important event to bring more athletes into the para sport world, and I just hope that sharing my experiences will help them on their own sport journey and show them what they can do.” 

Participants will go through a series of physical tests and learn about the different sports in which they may have the most potential to compete. Representatives from different national sport organizations will be on hand to view the testing and answer any questions. All participants will receive information on how to access sport opportunities at all levels. 

Paralympian Search in Calgary will be held in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary at WinSport on November 24. Para alpine skier Kirk Schornstein, who recently announced his retirement, will be onsite to share his story with the participants. The 25-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alta. is a three-time Paralympian (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, and PyeongChang 2018) and most recently posted three Top 10 finishes at the PyeongChang Games.   

“Sport has been a huge part of my life and it’s definitely a goal of mine to be able to help the next generation of athletes,” said Schornstein. “Paralympian Search is the perfect avenue for people to get involved in sport and discover what possibilities are out there. I started at the bottom when I first began competing but made it all the way to three Paralympic Games, and I hope to help others do the same.” 

For more information about Paralympian Search and to register for the upcoming Toronto and Calgary events, please visit: Paralympic.ca/paralympiansearch

Latest News

  • November 24, 2018
    GRENOBLE , France – Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto notched a second bronze medal this season on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday at Les Internationaux de France, the sixth stop on the circuit. World...
  • November 18, 2018
    Diving - McKay and Povzner second in 3m synchro at FINA Grand Prix GOLD COAST , Australia – World junior champions Henry McKay of Ottawa and Victor Povzner of Maple, Ont., were second on men’s three-metre synchro on Saturday at a FINA Grand Prix...
  • November 1, 2018
    TORONTO – It’s the NFL Scouting Combine of Paralympic sport and for coaches such as former NHL er Mike Foligno, the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Paralympian Search is an opportunity to see and potentially convince a future player to join the Para...
  • October 24, 2018
    For Immediate Release TORONTO (October 24, 2018) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Yogatown. The partnership will provide CSIO -registered athletes with an opportunity to access the studio and...
  • October 24, 2018
    For Immediate Release TORONTO  (October 24, 2018) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Assembli. The partnership will provide CSIO registered athletes with 15% off build-your-own and signature menu...