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One of the most unique golf tournaments is levelling the playing field in parasport

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2018

ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE GOLF TOURNAMENTS IS LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD IN PARASPORT

TORONTO —ParaSport® Ontario will be hosting the first of its kind Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament, with the support of PGA Canada and RBC, showcasing excellence in the sport of golf with persons of all abilities encouraged to play together.

5-player teams consisting of a Paragolfer, a PGA Canada Pro, corporate players and a celebrity player. Confirmed celebrity guests already include Greg Westlake, Canadian Paralympic ice sledge hockey player and captain of Team Canada, Paul Rosen, former Canadian Paralympic ice sledge hockey goalie, motivation speaker and disability advocate, and Todd . The winning team has the chance to move on and compete for the RBC PGA Scramble National Championship Final Experience in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

“Golf is a sport that is inherently inclusive,” says Jeff Tiessen, Executive Director of ParaSport® Ontario. “It’s a sport for everyone, and its remarkable to witness the excellence within the ParaGolf community- be it players with limb loss, or players with functional or mobility impairment, or even golfers who are visually impaired or blind. This tournament will spotlight that excellence in a very unique way thanks not only to our golfers, but our prestigious sponsors and partner family. We believe ParaGolf should be a sport at the Paralympic Games, our tournament will demonstrate why.”

The tournament takes place Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at the beautiful Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., where guests will enjoy a game of golf with clinics run by world-renowned celebrity golfer, Todd Keirstead, who specializes in trick shots and coaching athletes with disabilities in the game of golf. ParaSport® Ontario will host sessions introducing people to different parasport games of sitting volleyball, boccia ball and showcasing the many different versions of adaptive equipment.

About ParaSport® Ontario

ParaSport® Ontario is a non-profit organization providing support to all members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life.

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For more information, please contact:

Jeff Tiessen, Executive Director

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416-426-7187 ext. 302

Joe Millage, Chair of Board

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905-922-4676

Erin O’Sullivan

Communications Coordinator

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416-426-7187 ext. 304