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Para-athletes invited to apply to legacy fund

May 25, 2015 -

Are you a competitive athlete with a physical disability who lives in Kingston?  If you are training to compete in your sport at the provincial level or higher, you may be eligible to receive funding support from the Ontario ParaSport Games2013 Kingston legacy fund.

When the City of Kingston hosted the Ontario ParaSport Games in 2013, it set up a $50,000 legacy fund with surplus revenues from the games. The funds were to be used, in part to increase opportunities for the development of athletes with disabilities to help them pursue their competitive goals. Funds are available for individual athletes or teams if they meet the criteria.

"We are so pleased that those games achieved such a healthy surplus allowing us to set up this legacy fund to help athletes with disabilities realize their full potential," says John Munro, who co-chairs the fund on behalf of the City with Murray Matheson.

Applications can be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/ParaSportFund and may be submitted before June 15 or before September 1.  Funds will be awarded on July 15 and October 1.

Applicants must:

  • be amateur athletes with physical disabilities training in competitive sport at the provincial level or beyond
  • live in the greater Kingston area. College and university students who live in Kingston but study outside of the city will be considered.
  • be in good standing in their club/association

"I am looking forward to reviewing the applications because I'm sure they will be a joy to read. I know of a number of deserving local athletes who are going to be able to pack their applications with an impressive list of accomplishments," says Matheson.

Questions and completed application forms can be directed to John Munro at johngmmunro@gmail.com or 1664 Shore Rd., Kingston, ON, K7L 0C1

For more details on the Ontario ParaSport Games2013 Kingston legacy fund, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/ParaSportFund.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.