Vancouver Also Celebrates International Paralympic Day10.07.2009
Yesterday, on 9 July, athletes and fans came together to celebrate Paralympic Sport in Vancouver, Canada. In the context of the International Paralympic Day 2009, taking place in Berlin, Germany, on 11 July, the event in Canada was held in downtown Vancouver where attendees had a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. The Paralympic Day in Vancouver took place on a rooftop, reflecting the theme “Sport in the Sky”.
Many distinguished guests made their way to the upcoming host city, including the Minister of State for the Olympics and Paralympics and ActNow BC, the Honourable Mary McNeil, who tipped off the demonstration game between Canada’s world class Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams.
Along with in-depth interviews with the athletes and photo opportunities, a Wheelchair Tennis match between German Paralympian Kai Schrameyer and Canadian Wheelchair Basketball gold medallist Patrick Anderson gave spectators a taste of elite Paralympic Sport. Other Paralympians who attended the event included Canada’s National Paralympic Committee President Carla Qualtrough, Jaimie Borisoff, Robert Hedges, Marni Abbott-Peter, Karolina Wisniewska, Sonja Gaudet and Sarah Hunter. Several hopefuls for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games were also on hand including Josh Dueck and Darryl Neighbour.
The IPD 2009 which will take place tomorrow in Berlin, Germany, will be set against the Brandenburg Gate at the Pariser Platz and offer first-hand elite level Paralympic Sport. Along with a game between the German and Dutch Women's National Teams in Wheelchair Basketball, a Long Jump competition and several other sport presentations will take place throughout the day. Spectators attending from all around the world will also have the opportunity to try out Paralympic sports themselves and make their own Paralympic experience.