Get Involved

Are you looking to get involved with ParaSport Ontario? Let us count the ways! We can help you find a sport or physical activity that's spot-on for you. There are many others ways to participate in parasport as well, as a coach, a volunteer, an official, a guide or a classifier.

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Athletes

Athletes

Interested in taking up a sport? Check out Sports & Clubs to find the parasport(s) for you. If you've already found the sport, or sports, that you're interested in playing, check out our lists of clubs to find a team or program in your community.
Coaches

Coaches

Becoming a coach for athletes with a disability does not require any special skills. Just like coaching any sport, all you need to start is passion, motivation and perhaps some patience.

Many people believe that coaching a person with a disability is more difficult than coaching a person who is able-bodied. In fact, coaching a person with a disability is the same as coaching a person who is able-bodied. It takes a knowledge and passion for sport, along with an understanding of someone's capabilities and knowing how to help them achieve a goal that they've set out to accomplish. As parasport and the awareness of inclusion continue to grow there becomes a greater need for coaching at all levels. For resources, modules and certifications contact the Coaches Association of Ontario.
Officials

Officials

Becoming an official or referee in parasport requires knowledge of the rules and regulations of course. To join the parasport family as an official or referee, contact the provincial or multi-sport organization that represents the sport you're interested in (i.e. Swim Ontario, Soccer Ontario, Ontario Blind Sports Associatio, etc.) for more information on certification.
Guides

Guides

Many athletes who are blind or have visual impairments rely on the aid of guides to participate or compete. Being a guide can mean helping a friend as a recreational runner/skier, or supporting an elite-level athlete. The guide runs/skis at the side or ahead of the athlete, connected by a tether or over a radio system, depending on the sport.
Volunteers

Volunteers

Sport clubs often rely heavily on volunteers for a contribution of time and skills. Aside from helping out directly with practices or games, other less sport-related volunteer roles can include committee roles, such as a treasurer, secretary, team manager or in the important area of fundraising. These roles are ideal for those who are interested in helping out but might not have an athletic inclination or the time to commit to scheduled practices.
Classifiers

Classifiers

Traditionally, athletes belong to six different disability groups in the Paralympic program: amputee, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability, and a group of athletes with other disabilities (les autres). Classes are determined by a variety of processes that include a physical and technical assessment, and observation in and out of competition, by classifiers. The classes are defined by each sport and form part of the sport rules.