Women and Girls

Foessel named to CAC’s ‘Women in Coaching’ Apprenticeship Program

Coaching Association of Canada announces 2023 Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Coaches The Ontario Para Network is proud to announce that wheelchair basketball coach Andrea Foessel (Shelburne, ON) has been selected to take part in the Coaching Association of Canada’s ‘Women in Coaching’ Canada Games Apprenticeship Program for 2023…. Read More

For Two Little Girls; The Importance of Representation – Julia Hanes

For Two Little Girls; the Importance of Representation by June Jang Julia Hanes, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Ottawa and a Canada Games gold medalist in para-athletics, often thinks about the two little girls in wheelchairs she met as a med student while on placement at a… Read More

Dolinar Named as 2022 Petro-Canada FACE Grant Recipient

Wheelchair tennis athlete Anne-Marie Dolinar among group of 11 para athletes to receive FACE grants A group of 55 up-and-coming athletes and their coaches have recently been announced as recipients of the 2022 Petro-Canada FACE grants. Among the class of 2022 includes wheelchair tennis athlete Anne-Marie Dolinar of Deep River,… Read More

Research Studies (Various) – Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Disability Participation Project are seeking participants for a variety of research projects. Help make parasport better through research by filling out the following form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/9c217852444d4df3a404020677e9b070 Research Projects: Please let us know which projects you are interested in supporting. The support we are seeking… Read More

ONPARA Bids Farewell to Provincial Coach Paul Bowes

Bowes to pursue new coaching opportunity in Germany The Ontario Para Network is saddened to announce the departure of Paul Bowes as Provincial Coach of our Senior Women’s wheelchair basketball team. “Bowesy,” as he is affectionately known throughout the wheelchair basketball community, has been at the helm of the Ontario… Read More

I am a Warrior – Candice Combdon

I am a Warrior How determination and a strong support system helped wheelchair tennis athlete Candice Combdon find her inner strength by June Jang Featured in the Fall 2020 issue of ParaSport Magazine Candice Combdon, 33, is a Team Ontario wheelchair tennis athlete who sees herself as a warrior on… Read More

Research Study: Spinal Cord Injury, Urogenital Health and Pregnancy

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Spinal Cord Injury, Urogenital Health and Pregnancy Project (SCI-UP) Dr. Anne Berndl of the Accessible Care Pregnancy Clinic at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has designed a survey that collects information on the experiences of women with spinal cord injuries regarding sexual health and pregnancy to… Read More

In Memory of Catherine Nelson

Our community mourns the loss of a promising young wheelchair basketball athlete It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of one of our young athletes, Catherine Nelson. Catherine passed away on the morning of April 24, 2020 at the age… Read More

ONPARA Announces 2020 Women’s Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Team

Senior Women’s provincial team selected for the 2019-2020 season championship The Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is proud to formally announce the team originally selected to represent Ontario at the 2020 CWBL Women’s National Championship. The tournament was scheduled to take place in Amherst, Nova Scotia from April 3-5 but was… Read More

Athlete Profile – Charlotte M.

Athlete Profile – Team Charlotte! By Colin Brandt “… you could just know what it’s like to be like me or just have a lot of fun and try new things.” Charlotte and her older sister Ava are two members of the Burlington Vipers wheelchair basketball team. Charlotte, 10 years… Read More