The online resource is part of a larger initiative to recruit athletes with a disability online
Canadians looking for information on how to get involved in wheelchair sports can now do so from the comfort of their own home thanks to the Bridging the Gap website at: www.btgcanada.ca.
“The next generation of wheelchair athletes is online, so that’s where we need to be,” says Bridging the Gap National Coordinator Duncan Campbell. “This site will make it so much easier for potential athletes and their friends and family members to get involved.”
Bridging the Gap is Canada’s leading nationwide first-contact wheelchair sports program. Since its launch in 1997, the program has introduced thousands of people with disabilities to wheelchair sports via Have a Go Days, multi-sport programs in rehabilitation centers, wheelchair loans, peer mentorship and sport development clinics. All people with physical disabilities are welcome.
Campbell hopes that the new website will give people with disabilities the information they need to begin reaping the benefits of physical activity.
“People with disabilities who participate in wheelchair sports have greater independence, fewer secondary health complications, fewer hospital visits and better mental health than their inactive peers,” he said. “Even playing at a recreational level can provide huge changes in a person with a disability’s quality of life.”
Bridging the Gap’s website was created by Pleasant Design and was supported by Coloplast Canada. To visit the website, please visit www.btgcanada.ca.