Demo Day at the ParaSport Games: See it, try it, do it!

COBOURG – (May 21) – For a few hours at the Ontario ParaSport Games, area residents and visitors are invited to see special sport equipment used by para-athletes, watch it demonstrated and try it themselves.

The hands-on event is designed to raise community awareness of parasport, and encourage people with a disability to join a variety of sport and recreation activities available to them.

"Part of our mission is to get more people – especially kids -- off the sidelines, and into healthy parasport activities," says Games Chair Paul Macklin.

"Statistics show only 3 per cent of Canadian children with a disability engage regularly in sport or recreation. We’ve slipped to No. 12 in the world from No. 7 in that category."

Demo Day takes place at the Cobourg Community Centre Bowl from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, during the Games.

The special event is organized by the Ontario ParaSport Games in Northumberland and Five Counties Children’s Centre.

"It gives able-bodied people a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes," says Colleen Ristok of Five Counties. "We also hope it inspires those with a disability to join the fulfilling world of parasport."

Participants will watch para-sport demonstrations, try a few activities such as shooting baskets from a wheelchair, meet para-athlete ambassadors and coaches, and view several displays by regional parasport clubs and organizations.