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Inclusion in Sport Series: Topic #3 – Parasport

The latest edition of the Ottawa Sports Pages, published on Feb. 24, 2021, is now available.

We’re very proud to kickoff 2021 with the third instalment in our Inclusion in Sport Series. The focus of this edition is parasport.

Parasport athletes face countless barriers to sport — whether it be at a recreational or elite level — making their success stories all the more inspiring to us as onlookers.

While we at the Sports Pages are proud of our past coverage of the Paralympics, we’ve realized that we may not have afforded equal attention over the years to para-athletes’ achievements when they haven’t taken place under such a bright spotlight.

This edition of our newspaper is part of an attempt to widen the scope of which we tell parasport stories.

Inside you’ll find success stories about elite para-athletes, reflections from parasport veterans, details about how sport accessibility is being promoted in Ottawa, and suggestions about how inclusivity in sport can be improved even more.

We hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve included and feel more educated about parasport once you’ve finished.

This edition builds on our previous two newspapers, which focussed on race and LGBTQ+ issues in sport.

READ MORE: Inclusion in Sport Series: Topic #1 – Race & Topic # 2 — LGBTQ+

If you’ve enjoyed this edition, or have ideas about how we can improve our coverage on these issues in the future, we would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts to Editor@OttawaSportsPages.ca

–Charlie Pinkerton & Dan Plouffe

Here are links to the stories of Part 3 of our Inclusion in Sport Series:

Ottawa’s Special Olympics victories are greater than medals

After finding a second wind in parasport, Tony Walby’s third chapter is about giving back

Todd Nicholson has lived through parasports’ expansion, but still sees barriers

Anton Jacobs-Webb hasn’t let the pandemic interfere with his path to the Paralympics

Finding the right parasport can be tough, but it’s worth it. Elite athletes attest to that.

Para-swimming’s Canadian boom thanks to success, recruitment and educational outreach

Better visibility for national CP team would aid athletes, team: Charron

Coun. Matthew Luloff highlights city’s accessibility wins; urges for more progress

Abilities Centre turns to online programming

Inclusive esports enable a different crowd to connect with varsity sports

You can also read the newspaper in its entirety here.

Since many sports facilities are operating with restrictions or limited hours, our outdoor newspaper boxes remain your best bet to pickup the Sports Pages these days. Those locations include:

Millennium OC Transpo Station

Hornets Nest/Gloucester SuperDome, 1660 Bearbrook Rd.

Earl Armstrong Arena, 2020 Ogilvie Rd.

Blair OC Transpo Station

St. Laurent OC Transpo Station

Beechwood & Mackay

Byward Market – south side of George St. at William

Rideau Centre – Mackenzie King Bridge westbound bus stop

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. (south entrance)

Elgin & Gilmour

Parliament O-Train Station (Queen & Bank)

Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle Ave.

Lansdowne Park (on Bank St. at Marché Way in front of Whole Foods)

RA Centre, 2541 Riverside Dr. (west entrance)

CHEO main entrance, 401 Smyth Rd.

Greenboro OC Transpo Station

Riverside South Milano Pizzeria, 4184 Spratt Rd.

Findlay Creek LCBO/FreshCo, 4750 Bank St.

Richmond Rd. in Westboro outside Mountain Equipment Co-op

Wellington St. W & Clarendon in front of Parma Ravioli

Tunney’s Pasture Station

Ben Franklin Park

Bayshore OC Transpo Station

Baseline OC Transpo Station

City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Dr.

Nepean Sportsplex Minto Field, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven, 3500 Cambrian Rd.

Sport Chek Riocan Marketplace/Starbucks, 125 Riocan Ave. #2

Tim Horton’s/Scotiabank, 3691 Strandheard Rd.

Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern Dr.

Fallowfield OC Transpo Station

Planet Fitness Bells Corners, 1821 Robertson Rd. #8

Kanata Wave Pool, 70 Aird Pl.

Jack Charron Arena, 10 McKitrick Dr.

Eagleson OC Transpo Park & Ride

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