The Paralympic Games are underway in Rio, and we are excited to be cheering for two Team Canada athletes, and a coach with roots in Durham Region. And with more and more inclusive sporting opportunities available here in Durham, we expect to see even more of our athletes at future Paralympic Games.
Pickering resident, Mitchell Chase is a 19-year-old middle distance runner who won a gold medal in the 1500-metre event at the Toronto Parapan Am Games last summer. Considered one of Canada’s up-and-coming competitors, Mitchell will be running in the Men’s 1500-metre T38 in Rio.
Isaac Bouckley is an Oshawa-born swimmer who developed as a member of the Whitby Dolphins Swim Club. He won a silver medal in the 100-metre S10 breaststroke and bronze in the 400-metre S10 freestyle at the Toronto Parapan Am Games. Isaac is a returning Paralympian after competing in six events at the London Games in 2012. He reached the finals in the 400-metre S10 freestyle and the 200-metre S10 individual medley.
Mike Frogley is participating in his fifth Paralympic Games as a coach. This Whitby resident is working as a coach and high performance director with men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams. Both teams are perennial medal contenders. Mike has great experience and perspective to share, as he was a player at the Barcelona Games in 1992. He has coached the men’s team to gold medals in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, plus a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.
We appreciate the athletic ability, the hard work, and commitment it takes to qualify for the Paralympic Games. We wish our athletes good luck and hope they embrace the experience. You have already made us proud!
With facilities like the Abilities Centre, and the ever growing list of inclusive sporting opportunities like Challenger Baseball, All Abilities Soccer, and Frame Football in Durham Region, we hope to see even more local athletes competing at future Paralympic Games.
Please let us know about other inclusive sporting groups available in Durham Region. We would love to help with promotion and growth, because “we all win when we all play.”