AthletesCAN Celebrates 10 Years of KidsCAN School Day with Successful Event at Abilities Centre in Whitby, ON

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September 25, 2015 (Mississauga, ON) – Over 500 students from the Durham Catholic School Board spent the day with Olympians, Paralympians and other top national team athletes learning about the importance of sport and physical activity as part of the 10th annual AthletesCAN KidsCAN School Day. Held in partnership with the Abilities Centre in Whitby, ON, the event provided the opportunity to introduce the students to various sports, for the athletes to share their motivational stories on how sport has benefited them, and inspire the youth to embrace and get excited about sport and physical activity. Aquatic sports were held at the Anne Ottenbrite Pool at the Iroquois Sports Centre.

This was the 10th anniversary of the event which began in 2006 and has since enabled over 300 national team athletes to inspire more than 22,500 school children from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“KidsCAN School Day is an amazing opportunity for athletes to pass on our love for healthy and active lifestyles to local kids in a top notch sport facility”, said Robin Randall, Toronto 2015 Pan American Bronze Medalist.  “As an athlete always on the road, it’s great to come back and feel the enthusiasm and patriotism from the next generation.”

KidsCAN School Day is held annually as part of the AthletesCAN Forum, Canada’s largest and most inclusive gathering of national team athlete representatives outside of competition. Over 100 delegates, including athlete representatives from over 50 sports, participate in the weekend conference, which is now in its 23rd year.

“What a fantastic day for the young people in our community”, says Leo Plue, Executive Director, Abilities Centre.  “Athletes role models of this calibre provide the motivation that is so desperately needed for our students.  Their commitment and dedication to their sport, the hours of training, and the sacrifices that they and their families make so that they can reach their maximum potential are truly inspiring”, he adds.  “Our hope is that our young people will see this and aspire to always do their best whether it is in sport, academics, a career or whatever interests them.  Many thanks to AthletesCAN and their athletes for taking time out of their busy lives to share their stories and experiences. Abilities Centre is so proud to be part of the 10th Anniversary KidsCAN School Day.”

Thank you to all the athletes who participated in the 2015 KidsCAN School Day.

Cody Caldwell Wheelchair Rugby
Caroline Calvé Snowboard
Thea Culley Field Hockey
Brad Bowden Hockey (Sledge)
Marc-Antoine Gagnon Freestyle Ski
Sylvain Gaudet Handball
Erica Gavel Wheelchair Basketball
Erica Scarff canoë-kayak (para)
Joanna Guy Fencing
Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Rugby
Jamie Jewells Wheelchair Basketball
Pierre-Luc Laliberte Canoe/Kayak
Adam Lancia Wheelchair Basketball
John Leslie Snowboard (Para)
Jasmine Mian Wrestling
Eric Mitchell Ski Jumping
Michael-T. Nguyen Table Tennis
Cathy Overton-Clapham Curling
Tori Owen Orienteering
Mark Pearson Field Hockey
Mike Scholz Rugby
Josh Vander Vies Boccia
Dylan Williams Wrestling
Ahmad Zeividavi Goalball
Robin Randall Water Polo
Tera Van Beilen Swimming
Maxim Bouchard Diving
Courtney Brown Synchro

Ashley LaBrie For more information, please contact:

Interim Executive Director
(613) 526-4025 x224
[email protected]

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