Wheelchair Sports Program Launches Third Season at WinSport

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CALGARY –

A sports program tailored to WinSport opened its third season to rave reviews on Sunday.

The program helps introduce Calgarians with and without physical disabilities to adapted wheelchair sports.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, attendees were happy to be back.

Sawyer Murray was one of the players. His dad Charlie says it’s cool to see his son play.

“It’s great to give (the participants) the opportunity to try out these different sports and see what they can do,” Murray told CTV News.

The program lasts seven weeks, until December 19. Each week will feature a different wheelchair sport taught by coaches from different local and provincial organizations.

Basketball, rugby, hand cycling, bocce, lacrosse and sledge hockey are all scheduled for the coming weeks, but the first session focused on tennis.

Everyone is welcome.

“Research shows that most children in wheelchairs prefer to compete and play with able-bodied peers,” said Judy Black of WinSport. “So one of the reasons we started the program was to celebrate (this). “

Anyone interested in weekly activities can register for free on the WinSport site.

Walk-in tours are also available between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Markin MacPhail Center Customer Service Desk.

Proof of vaccination or proof of a privately paid COVID-19 test is required.

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