Trio De Force
For Immediate Release
August 16, 2018
TRIO DE FORCE COMBINES THE BEST IN SPORTS AND INCLUSION
TORONTO — On Monday, August 20th at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., ParaSport® Ontario, PGA of Canada and ParaGolf Ontario will host the Para Pro Am Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Course in Markham. A one-of-a-kind golf event, this tournament brings together Ontario’s best professional golfers, celebrity golfers, paragolfers (golfers with a disability) and corporate sponsor players as teammates to compete in the parasport division of the RBC Scramble.
As a legacy to the Invictus Games, the event will showcase excellence in the sport of golf amongst persons who celebrate their abilities and continue to strive for excellence after life-altering injuries and/or illness in the game through all stages of life. It will also serve to strengthen ParaSport Ontario’s push for inclusion of golf in the Paralympic Games.
Over 20 paragolfers include both winter and summer Paralympic athletes such as Greg Westlake, Paul Rosen, James Reilly, Magella Belanger, Rob Snoek and more. Steve Podborski, one of Canada’s “Crazy Canuck” Olympic skiers, will lead a gallery of other celebrity golfers onto the course, including Ashley Davis, NHLer Paul Ranger and the ever-enthusiastic Raptor mascot. Reg Millage, head coach for the Golf Association of Ontario, will captain the group of Pro golfers.
Other guests and ambassadors for the day include multi gold-medal winning Paralympians Jeff Adams and Frank Bruno, as well as military veterans from Wounded Warriors. We will also be joined by the Honourable Celina Caesar-Chavannes for the evening portion of the tournament.
The day kicks-off with a great lineup of activities and events for a guest list of youth with disabilities and their parents from facilities like Variety Village and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre to take part in. A special exhibition by pro golfer and entertainer Todd Kierstead, one of the world’s best trick shot artists and a man dedicated to helping people with disabilities learn to play golf, will put on a show and then offer lessons to interested youth.
Led by Jamoi Anderson, a member of Canada’s National Sitting Volleyball team and Paralympian Shane Risto, ParaSport Ontario will be presenting a variety of TRY Me demonstrations offering all participants a chance to try an adapted sport, including sitting volleyball, boccia ball, handcycling, wheelchair basketball, a racing wheelchair and sledge hockey.
“There’s a sport for every body,” says Jeff Tiessen, ParaSport Ontario’s Executive Director. A double arm amputee since the age of 11, with the support of ParaSport Ontario he had a remarkable Paralympic career, a three-time Paralympian and a world-record setting 400-meter sprinter. “Competing at an elite level was very special, but playing sports recreationally with my friends after my injury – be it hockey, baseball, riding bikes, soccer or swimming, was just as special. These active living opportunities after my accident were about inclusion, fun and new friendships. That’s what we work to do for youth and adults with disabilities every day at ParaSport Ontario.”
11 a.m. – Kids arrive to clinic and ParaSport sessions/golfers arrive
11.15 a.m. – ParaSport TRY Me sessions (sitting volleyball, boccia ball, handcycles, racing wheelchairs) trick shot clinic, golf cart rides
12:15 a.m. – Awards lunch and speeches
For more information, please contact:
Office: 416-426-7187 ext. 304
Cell: 905-449-2884 (day of)