Adaptive Equipment Loan – FREE

Adapted equipment loans are a fantastic way for persons with a disability to enjoy recreation and sport in their region.  There is a wide range for choices and each region has different choices. Below are the different loan programs and links to more information

Central region has the IWK Recreation Therapy department in Halifax.  Great for first time users, as specialists will help the user understand and fit the equipment properly.  more info –

South Shore – Rack Card-Hippocampe 2016 rack card sledges

Lunenburg County – Sledges – contact

Yarmouth Recreation – 902-742-8868

 Argyle Recreation – 902-648-3379

 Barrington Recreation – 902-637-2903

 Town and Municipality of Shelburne – 902-875-2831

 Lockeport Recreation – 902-656-2565

Valley – Kings County – coming in 2018

Fundy – Cumberland County

Colchester County



Cape Breton

CBRM Recreation 902-563-0901

70-50-40 celebrations

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70 years since the first activity in wheelchair sport started at Deer Lodge Rehabilitation Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1947.
50 years since the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association was officially incorporated in 1967.
40 years since the Canadian Heritage Sport of ‘Murderball,’ or Wheelchair Rugby as it’s now known, was invented in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

December of 2017 – the Cdn Wheelchair Sports Association held a celebratory event for the decades of great work they’ve done.

Celebrating athletes in parasport and the builders who made it all possible.  Looking at the shots on Flickr, the athletes look like they have aged well and happy.  I can’t help but think their healthy lifestyle, involved in sport, led them to looking/feeling great later in life.

Another reason to partake in Parasports!



jump startDear Jumpstart Community Partner,

On September 19, Canadian Tire announced an industry-leading commitment of $50 million over a five-year period to its Jumpstart Charities for Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement, which will help remove barriers to sport and play for kids with disabilities. One of the key programs within Play Finds A Way is the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants, which are intended for construction and renovations to improve accessibility to recreation facilities such as rinks, pools and community centres in communities across Canada.

Jumpstart Accessibility Grants offer two funding streams: Accessibility-Enabling Grants, which provide eligible facilities with up to $50,000 for projects to adapt and enhance existing facilities, and Inclusive Design Innovation Grants, which provide between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to uniquely enhance sport and recreation spaces with innovative solutions.

We are excited to share with you that grant applications for both funding streams are now open for eligible organizations until March 16, 2018 and we encourage you to share with your contacts.

For more information about Jumpstart Accessibility Grants, and how to apply, please visit:

Thank you for your continued support of Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way movement!

Scott Fraser

President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities




Para Multi Sport

Seven sports (Curling, Sledge Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Athletics, Table Tennis and Swimming) over eight months (Nov-Jun) for 8-16 year olds, with a disability.  Some upper body strength required.

Ryan Shay (Paralympian in training) will be hosting the program “the multi sport program will give participants the chance to exercise, meet others and most importantly shed light on para sport opportunities that’ll last a lifetime.”

Provincial Sport Organizations will have a leader for each sport presented.  Held on Saturday mornings, it will be a safe and inclusive environment for lots of fun and activities.

A similiar camp was held in the summer and was a huge success for the participants, so now it is time to include more sports over a longer period.

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Coaching Athletes with a Disability course


This is an online module that the NCCP has provided FREE for the rest of 2017.  It takes about 45 minutes to complete and you will learn some basics about disabilities and their perspective when it comes to playing sports.  It is meant to teach an overview of parasport athletes and doesn’t get too deep into the sport classification or equipment.  Mostly it dispells the myth that disabled athletes are vastly different from abled bodied athletes.  It is still coaching athletes through goal setting and practice.

If you aren’t a member of NCCP, then you just provide a username and pw and then you will have access to the Locker, where the online module is found.

The link is


NS Hall of Fame inductee – Sarah Baker

Sarah Baker (Athlete Category), of Seabright, is a multi-Paralympic medalist in swimming, javelin and wheelchair basketball, winning gold in javelin and discus and bronze in swimming at the 1980 Games. Baker also holds multiple Para Pan Am medals (after competing in all three events in a single Games), a world record in javelin and a reputation as one of the greatest wheelchair multi-sport athletes of all time. Faced with health setbacks at a young age, Baker not only overcame the challenges but thrived as a triple threat in Paralympic sport, even as the only female player on the Nova Scotia Flying Wheels wheelchair basketball team. With Para Pan Am gold in basketball and backstroke, three National Games gold medals and her Paralympic success, Baker has been honoured as a Para Pan Am torch bearer and a dinner guest of the Prime Minister and Queen.

More info on her induction night at NS Sport Hall of Fame October 10, 2017

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Shay’s Opportunity for Disabled Youth

Shays Opportunities for Disabled Youth

This August 8-11, Parasport is supporting Ryan Shay (2020 aspiring Paralympian for a four day multisport camp for youth with a disability.  This is an exciting project that we hope to provide for many years and grow across the province.

Multi sport camps for children is a great way to introduce them to many sports, and in a friendly, safe setting.  And with a role model from each sport, the participants can ask many questions about the sport/activity.

Here is a short schedule

Day 1  at Lake Banook – Row, Paddle, swimming and waterskiing (with innertubes)

Day 2 at Canada Games Centre – Table Tennis, Basketball, Rugby and Badminton

Day 3 at Centennial Pool and OVAL – Swimming, Boccia and Athletics

Day 4 at the NS Yacht Squadron – Boat cruise, sailing, sledge hockey and archery

Each day is a 9am drop off and a 4pm pickup for the parents.

Asking $160.

If you are between 8-16 years old, and have some upper body strength, then we are sure this camp will be for YOU!

Please contact Ryan at 902-229-7429

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