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Canadian Paralympic Committee to host refreshed, virtual Paralympian Search for women

  • Taking place June 5 & 6, "Connection 2021" event will introduce women to Para sport opportunities

  • Several female Paralympians will also share their experiences in sport

  • $200,000 funding support for the event provided by Sport Canada

With a goal of connecting more women with disabilities to opportunities in Paralympic sport and attracting more female athletes, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is hosting a virtual event this spring specifically for female participants.

“Connection 2021” will feature various information sessions, interactive workshops, and engagement opportunities. PHOTO: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships))
“Connection 2021” will feature various information sessions, interactive workshops, and engagement opportunities. PHOTO: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships))

“Connection 2021” will feature various information sessions, interactive workshops, and engagement opportunities. PHOTO: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships))


Taking place over two days, Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6, the "Connection 2021" event will feature various information sessions, interactive workshops, and engagement opportunities. The event will be virtual and is an adapted form of CPC's Paralympian Search series. Called "Connection 2021", the event, being hosted as a pilot, is a shift to an innovative, more customized approach designed to welcome and support women. Led by women within the Canadian sport landscape, women of all sport experience backgrounds, including those new to sport or looking to try sport for the first time, are welcome to apply to participate.

"We know there are fewer women accessing Para sport in Canada, not only at the highest Paralympic level but also at the community and recreational levels," said Karen O'Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "This virtual event is just one innovative way by which we hope to encourage more women with a disability to participate in sport, and learn how we can create better environments within our sport system for female athletes. Our goal on June 5 and 6 is to offer safe, welcoming, and inclusive sessions as well as resources going forward so each participant has a positive experience and feels empowered to engage in sport and stay in sport."