Canadian Paralympians – including wheelchair basketball athletes Abdi Dini, Adam Lancia, Brandon Wagner, David Eng, Richard Peter and Tyler Miller – are joining their Olympic counterparts in the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour and Parade this week. The tour connects Paralympians, Olympians and their coaches with students, community leaders and clubs, young hospital patients, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and fans of the Canadian Paralympic and Olympic Team alike.
“I am so excited to be able to share my Paralympic experience in London with Canadians”, said closing ceremony flag bearer Benoît Huot (@benhuot). “This is a great celebration of the accomplishments of our Paralympic and Olympic athletes and gives Canadians a taste of the excitement in London. It will be great to relive some of the emotions from London”.
The festivities kick off on Wednesday with the Heroes tour in Ottawa where Paralympic and Olympic athletes will visit Ottawa-area schools and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In the afternoon, the Canadian Paralympic and Olympic teams will be welcomed into the House of Commons by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and be presented with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
On Thursday, the Heroes Tour continues in Toronto when athletes will visit area schools and hospitals before attending a reception at Queen’s Park hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley and Premier Dalton McGuinty. The day finishes with dinner at Ronald McDonald House and a Performance Excellence Series event with young athletes.
On Friday, starting at approximately 11:30 am at the corner of Albert and Bay Streets, the tour culminates with the Olympic/Paralympic Heroes Parade which will wind through downtown before concluding at Maple Leaf Square, outside of Air Canada Centre, for a public celebration.
For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.