ONTARIO ATHLETIC THERAPISTS SUPPORT PARA SPORT ATHLETES
ONTARIO ATHLETIC THERAPISTS SUPPORT PARA SPORT ATHLETES NOW AND NEXT GENERATION
28 January 2021 – Toronto, ON
Ontario Athletic Therapists announced today a significant donation of $20,000 to support the growth of Next Generation Canadian Para sport athletes through the Paralympic Foundation of Canada’s ImagiNation initiative. This donation will be matched by the federal government creating a total impact of $40,000. Andy Playter, president of the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association (OATA), confirmed the importance of the committed funds in honour of the late Dr. Robert Jackson, one of the founders of the Canadian Paralympic Movement and an honorary Ontario Athletic Therapist.
The Canadian Paralympic movement’s roots began in Japan when Dr. Robert W. Jackson attended the 1964 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Canada was not yet competing at the Paralympic Games, but Dr. Jackson, an Orthopaedic Surgeon who was working with the Canadian Olympic Team, experienced the competition firsthand. He had already become aware and was interested in sports for people with a disability after witnessing the 10th Annual Stoke Mandeville Games in England in 1961.
Credit: Photo courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee
Robert Jackson at the 1976 Toronto Olympiad
CREDIT: Thanks to the Canadian Paralympics Foundation and the Canadian Paralympic Committee for permission to use historic and current photos. Along with the additional approval granted from specific parasport teams. All content for the OATA e-blast and OATA podcast promotions for this Paralympics tribute and donation was reviewed and approved before publication. It has been a pleasure working with these organizations and dedicated individuals.