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Disabilities shouldn't affect sports participation

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is reminding individuals with disabilities that it is possible to gear up with some new or used sports equipment and excel in sports.

During the recent UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the CPC spoke out on the benefits of sports participation for all children. In addition to helping them become more physically fit, playing sports helps youngsters build friendships and develop confidence.

"Sports open the door to many great life experiences and our goal is to encourage more Canadians with a disability to get involved and enjoy firsthand the many benefits that participation brings," said CPC CEO Henry Storgaard.

It's estimated that less than 3 percent of Canadians with a disability are active in organized sports. In order to improve participation rates, the CPC has launched a recruitment campaign called "It's More Than Sport." The campaign includes various public service announcements featuring some of Canada's most successful Paralympic athletes.

"I'm so grateful that when I was 13, I saw an athlete on TV with the same disability as mine, which made me realize that one day I could be a Paralympic athlete too," said champion Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot. "It's really important to make sure the next generation of children with a disability have the same opportunities."

Individuals who want to learn more about opportunities for disabled athletes can visit Paralympic.ca.
 

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