Sitting Volleyball - The Road to the Parapan Am Games 2015

February 25, 2015
It’s the event many people in Toronto and across Canada have been anticipating - the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer. And one group of athletes with close ties to West Park is especially excited for the Parapan Am Games August 7-15. Five West Park Amputation Rehabilitation Service/Prosthetics and Orthotics Service patients will be playing for Canadian Men’s sitting volleyball team, which won bronze at the last Parapan Am Games four years ago. West Park patient Jason Naval was on that team and has recruited other West Park patients to play for Canada in 2015. This video showcases this fascinating sport and some of the talent these amazing athletes have. The athletes, Jamoi Anderson, Jesse Buckingham, Darek Symonowicz, Andrew Tucker and Naval are all individuals with amputations who have received treatment from West Park’s Amputee Rehabilitation Service and/or its Prosthetics & Orthotics service. The goal of the Canadian Men’s Sitting Volleyball team is to win gold or silver at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto to ensure a spot at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Naval, Anderson and Tucker are working with Parasport Ontario as part of its Ready Willing and Able program. Their roles with Parasport Ontario are as athlete ambassadors, visiting rehabilitation facilities, recreation centres and schools to talk about the importance of being physically active if you're facing a disability. As with most amateur sport, funding to support their training can be an issue. To help cover their costs the Toronto team members have initiated a crowd-funding initiative with a goal of raising $20,000 to help with their training on the road to the Parapan Am Games. Their crowdfunding web page can be found at www.gofundme.com/mgd15g .
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