As the Sochi Paralympic Winter games wind down, the City of Saskatoon is doing its part to try and encourage the next generation of athletes to get involved in sport.
'Equipment can be seen as one of the barriers'- Leanne Schellenberg
It’s ParaSport Day in Saskatoon.
"It's important that kids with or without a disability are made aware of the opportunities to participate in sports and recreation in an adaptive way,” said organizer Leanne Schellenberg.
Schellenberg will be coaching sledge hockey at the free event at the Cosmo Civic Centre in Saskatoon. She’s also the provincial co-ordinator for Bridging the Gap, an organization that promotes parasport.
Young people from the ages of 8 to 16 are invited to come and try sports and the adaptive equipment that allows people with disabilities to take part. There will be wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, goalball, and cross country skiing.
Good opportunity to try out a sport without spending money
Schellenberg said it is a good opportunity for young athletes to try out a sport without having to invest a lot of money for the equipment.
"Equipment can be seen as one of the barriers for them to get involved, adaptive equipment can be can quite expensive. We have some great programming in Saskatoon that provides grants for equipment and all those kinds of things.”
The free event runs from 9:30 a.m. CST to 2:30 p.m. CST on March 14, 2014.