Para PanAm ALACD Story: It’s All About Having Fun


Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
Chris Bourne

The Para PanAmerican Games were held in Toronto from August 7 to 15, 2015. The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) published weekly stories between May and August that highlighted the extent to which Canadians with disabilities are successfully engaged in inclusive activities. In Canada, one in seven individuals have a disability, and this demographic is far less likely to participate in physical activity or sport than the population as a whole. 

This story is by Chris Bourne, who became involved in various wheelchair sports following a serious spinal cord injury. Chris says: "[T]here is something for everyone.  Whether you want to do it alone, with your family or in a group environment. Summer or winter. Inside or outside. Recreational or competitive. Regardless of your level of ability, most activities can be adapted with changes to the equipment, modifications to the rules or other adaptations that can accommodate for different abilities."

From the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) Para PanAm Story Archives

The ALACD ceased operations at the end of October 2015. It promoted, supported and enabled Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. It provided nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.

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