Bridging the Gap

Are you interested in getting involved in adaptive sports? We can help!

‘Bridging the Gap’ is a national outreach and awareness program specifically designed to help individuals with and without physical disabilities become aware of the wheelchair sports and recreation options available in their communities. We want to encourage people with disabilities to get active and stay active!

Bridging the Gap believes that every Canadian deserves access to physical activity, whether they want to play recreationally or have Paralympic aspirations.

Key Components of the Bridging the Gap Program

  • Have a Go Days: ‘Have a Go’ sessions can be in in rehabilitation or community settings, and provide opportunities for individuals to experience a variety of adaptive sports in a fun, supportive atmosphere.
  • Information/Education Sessions: Sessions for clinicians, university/college students, etc. to provide the information and resources needed to help get their clients or future clients involved in adaptive sports.
  • Wheelchair Loans: Participants new to wheelchair sports can take advantage of our sport wheelchair loan program. We want to make sure that the cost of equipment is never a barrier to participation!
  • Individualized support and follow up: Whether it’s connecting a new athlete with a program in their community, setting them up with a sport chair loan or accompanying them to their first practice, we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure people have a positive first experience.
  • Athlete Ambassador and Peer Mentor Involvement

Bridging the Gap is supported nationally by Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Wheelchair Rugby Canada and Tennis Canada and currently promotes and supports wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, and wheelchair basketball. If you are interested in another sport not currently offered by the Bridging the Gap program please contact us to let us know and we’ll help you get connected to the appropriate person, program, or organization.

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Hale
Bridging the Gap Provincial Coordinator
Email: btg@onpara.ca
Phone: (416) 426-7131