Accessible Sport Committee, London & Area
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London proud to announce launch of the Accessible Sport Council London and Area

June 27, 2010

Members of London’s accessible sport and physical activity community are excited to announce the formation of the Accessible Sport Council London and Area.   The launch will take place on January 29th, 2010 at 5:00pm at the Western Fair Sports Centre, 316 Rectory Street, London, during the first evening of the 2010 London Blizzard Invitational Sledge Hockey Tournament.
Darda Sales, a three-time Paralympian (swimming) and one of the Council’s co-chairs, explained the importance of the Council’s creation, saying, “Physical activity and sport are a fundamental right of all people and I feel that this Council will play an important role in ensuring that accessible sporting opportunities continue to be available and promoted in our community.”  Recognizing the 30 team  strong sledge hockey tournament as but one example, Sales further commented, “There are a lot of very successful programs in London and area that offer accessible sport and physical activity opportunities, but awareness of these opportunities is still limited.  One of the main goals of this Council is to provide a one stop shop for anyone looking for information regarding accessible sporting and recreation opportunities in our community.” 
Sales and the Council’s other co-chair, Murray Howard, who is also President of the George Bray Sports Association, will be joined by Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario, for the formal announcement of the Council.  ParaSport Ontario will be presenting the Accessible Sport Council London and Area with a $2500 start-up grant.  Provided though bi-lateral funding from Sport Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion via its Active 2010 – Sport for More program, the grant will be used to assist with the promotion and facilitation of accessible sport opportunities in London and area.  
Providing insight into other benefits of the Council’s formation, Murray Howard, explained, “The group’s formation provides various teams and groups offering accessible programming in London and area with the opportunity to come together to work in partnership, creating a strong voice and a more unified presence for accessible sport within London and region.”   To that end, Howard emphasized, “We are interested in hearing from individuals or groups who are interested in becoming involved with the Council’s activities, as well as those who are interesting in finding out more about accessible sport and physical activity.”  The group has created a Facebook site (ADDRESS) and has further information posted on Tourism of London site (ADDRESS) for this purpose, and plans a dedicated website launch in the near future.  
Council co-chairs, members, and the following guests will be available for interviews and photo opportunities following the launch.