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Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association – (Toronto, ON) Abilities Expo came north of the border for the first time and Canadian boccia Paralympian, Alison Levine, was honored to be the first ambassador in Toronto, ON for the event held this past weekend. This event focuses on new and upcoming technologies and opportunities for ability enhancing equipment and services.

Abilities Expos have been held in the United States for over 30 years. As soon as Levine heard Abilities Expo was expanding to Canada she jumped at the chance to participate. “I have always wanted to go, but every time there was an event close to home, it was during competition so I was unable to attend. When I heard they were coming to Toronto in January I quickly contacted them to see how I could get involved,” comments Levine. As ambassador of the event, Levine’s main responsibility was to reach out and create awareness. During the event, Levine could be seen mingling about, trying new products and activities and providing feedback for possible future events within Canada. She also had the opportunity to help the Mississauga Cruisers demonstrate boccia.

“My experience in one word would be awesome,” commented Levine. “I was able to witness new technologies and innovations around adapted mobility and see others join in on the excitement with me. The best part of the event for me was seeing the faces of children and parents light up when trying new technology and activities. It was exciting because I knew parents were able to see what is becoming possible and imaging the endless possibilities for their children.”

The expo attracted approximately 2000 attendees from the Greater Toronto area. For Levine it was an amazing experience for her to show people that an active lifestyle is possible even with a severe disability. Levine aspires to show others that they too can be active with any ability and this weekend the Abilities Expo provided her with the opportunity to continue sharing that message.  

About Boccia Canada

Boccia Canada is the boccia delivery arm of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the National Sport Organization for the Paralympic sport of boccia. Boccia Canada is focused on providing athletes and individuals of all ages and skill with the chance to play a unique Paralympic sport. CCPSA and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.

About boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and strategy similar to lawn bowling or curling, played by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and related disabilities. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart. Athletes compete in one of four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visit www.bocciacanada.ca.