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CANADA STARTS RACERUNNING PILOT PROJECT

From FrameRunning.org --

By HOLLY JANNA, CANADIAN CEREBRAL PALSY SPORTS ASSOCIATION


The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) recently purchased eight running frames and plans to kick off a RaceRunning pilot program in the Greater Toronto Area this spring in partnership with the Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (OCPSA) and The CE (Conductive Education) Academy.

It’s not the first time Canada has been involved in RaceRunning. An earlier development initiative resulted in athletes like British Columbia’s Tara Kowalski competing at the 2005 CPISRA World Championships in Connecticut, and Ontario’s Charles Szerenyi competing provincially. After that initial push, the high cost of importing equipment, challenge in storing the frames and gaps in the development pathway made it difficult to sustain.

A number of factors helped set the stage to rejuvenate RaceRunning in Canada. The emergence of North American manufacturer RAD Innovations helped to decrease equipment costs. A new generation of parents became aware of the discipline and began inquiring about programs, and the addition of RaceRunning to the International Paralympic Committee Athletics program helped increase visibility of the event.

One such parent is Miriam Gaid, co-founder of the CE Academy and mother to seven-year-old Alex, who has cerebral palsy. Miriam was introduced to RaceRunning by Ana Cecilia Frazao, physiotherapist, international classifier and member of the International Race Running Committee...


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