Watch the video above: ParaSport Day in Saskatoon
SASKATOON – The Paralympics are going on right now over in Sochi, so it’s only fitting that the City of Saskatoon along with partners hosted ParaSport Day on Friday.
Over 50 youngsters of all abilities, from ages 8 to 16, tried a variety of para-sports including wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, goal-ball and cross-country skiing.
Coaches and athletes from organizations helped the children with skill development at Cosmo Civic Centre.
The free one-day event kicked off with an inspirational presentation from first-class parasport athletes.
“I think it’s fantastic that there are kids here today that have a disability,” said Amy Alsop, two-time Paralympic gold medalist.
“And I think its terrific that there’s kids who don’t have a disability and are here because I think it’s a real good experience to learn what it’s like to play wheelchair basketball and it gives them an appreciation for the student in their school that is in a wheelchair.”
This was the first ParaSport Day in Saskatoon, organizers hope it will become an annual event.