Caldwell and Combdon Named 2020 ONPARA GivingTuesday Ambassadors

ONPARA is proud to introduce Cody Caldwell and Candice Combdon as our 2020 GivingTuesday Athlete Ambassadors!
Cody & Candice both know first-hand the tremendous impact that sport plays in the rehabilitation & recovery process and the overall health of people with disabilities, and they want to pay it forward by participating in GivingTuesday and helping to spread the word about ONPARA and the Bridging the Gap program!

A bit about our Ambassadors…
Cody Caldwell
Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
Classification: 2.0
Club: Toronto Titans
Hometown: Peterborough, ON

Cody began playing wheelchair rugby in 2008 and has been a member of the Canadian National Team since 2013. He has had the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage at numerous international competitions, most notably the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 2018 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, and 2015 & 2019 Parapan Am Games. Cody is also a member of Team Ontario and has won multiple national titles for the province. He is a regular ONPARA Ambassador at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Lyndhurst Centre, where he introduces in-patients to the sport of wheelchair rugby. Cody is currently training full-time in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which were forced to be postponed to August/September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candice Combdon
Sport: Wheelchair Tennis
Club: Barrie North Winter Tennis
Hometown: Springwater, ON

Candice was first introduced to wheelchair tennis during a ‘Have-A-Go’ Day back in 2008, but only began playing the sport competitively over the last few years. She is a regular participant in the Ontario Provincial League and made her Team Ontario debut at the 2019 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Candice is currently the #6 ranked women’s player in Canada and is a ‘Quest For Gold’ provincially carded athlete. She has assisted ONPARA on numerous occasions as an Athlete Ambassador, sharing her story and love of wheelchair tennis with potential athletes, students, therapists & health care providers, and many others. She is currently training with goals of joining the National Team program and representing Canada at the Paralympic Games.

Hear more from Cody and Candice in the lead up to GivingTuesday – the global day of giving by following ONPARA on social media at @onparanetwork across all platforms. To find out how ONPARA plans to celebrate the day, please visit for more information.

About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.

About the Ontario Para Network

Formerly known as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, our mission at the Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is to grow adaptive sport opportunities across Ontario. As the governing body for wheelchair sports in the province, we strive to offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis at recreational, competitive and high performance levels