Happy Black History Month

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honor the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities.

The theme for Black History Month for 2024 is: “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”. This celebrates the rich past and present contributions and accomplishments of Black people in Canada, while aspiring to embrace new opportunities for the future.

Ontario Para Network celebrates the past and present para athletes who have made their mark in sport!


Faye Blackwood is a longtime member of the Canadian sport community in many different roles including athlete, coach, and administrator.

A member of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sport Association’s Hall of Fame as a coach, she first started working with athletes with a disability more than 30 years ago, most notably in track and field. Blackwood has been involved in coaching Para athletes and promoting Para sport across the nation.

For nine years, Blackwood was on the staff of Sport for the Disabled, now known as ParaSport Ontario. Then, it was off to Athletics Canada managing paralympic programs and for the past 20 years has been a Sport and Recreation Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Blackwood was selected as a staff coach for several World Para as well as Paralympic Championship teams and was given the responsibility of working with sprinters and jumpers who had a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities.

Blackwood continues to devote her time and passion and we thank her for continued contributions to ParaSport.

-Grossman, D. (2024)CAO’s Empowering Stories from Behind the Bench article series – Black History Month 2024, Ontario, Canada

-Canadian Paralympic Committee (2022), CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CANADIANS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT-, Ontario, Canada

Highlights:

  • Won six OUAA gold medals and eight silver medals over the 50m, 60m and 300m.
    • CIAU Gold medallist in the sprint medley relay in 1981 (3:59:81)
    • Member of National Athletics team (1983-1987)
    • Member of Commonwealth games team 1986.
    • Indoor and Outdoor National Champion, 60m and 100m hurdles, 1986.
    • CCISA National Ambulatory Coach, 1990-present.
    • Staff Coach, 1990, 1994, 1998 World Championships (Holland, Germany, England).
    • Paralympic team coach 1992-1996, Barcelona, Atlanta.
    • 3M Coaching Award 1990, Ontario Female Coach of the Year 1997, Wittnauer Coaching Excellence Award 1998.
    • Ontario Amputee and Les Autres Coach of the Year, 1999.
    • Manager of paralympic programmes with Athletics Canada at the time of induction.
    • Graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology.

Highlights found HERE


Blaise Mutware started playing stand up basketball before a serious injury led him to wheelchair basketball. Mutware was born in Rwanda and moved around to South Africa and Zimbabwe before settling in Toronto at age 13.

Mutware began playing with the Variety Village Rebels, a local club in 2015. In the same year, Mutware was invited to train with the National Academy Program at

Lima, Peru – 31/August/2019 – Canada takes the silver medal in wheelchair basketball at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Photo: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s National Training Centre.

He was named to the Senior Men’s National Team in 2019 and says it is “an amazing honour to represent Canada.”

Off the court, Mutware continues to pursue his passion for cooking and says he hopes to become a chef one day.

-Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Biography, Ontario, Canada

Highlights:

2022: Bronze medal win at the IWBF Americas Cupin São Paulo, Brazil

2021: 8th place finish at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

2019: 2nd place at Lima 2019 Parapan American Games (Team Canada)… 3rd place at the Wałbrzych President Cup Tournament in Poland (Team Canada)

2018: 3rd place at the 15th Kitakyushu Champions Cup

-Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Biography, Ontario, Canada