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Canadian Paralympic CommitteeVISTA 2017 will be held in Toronto from 20-23 September and explore the opportunities and challenges in Paralympic sport science and sport medicine support

 
TORONTO – 13 September 2017 – An international gathering of close to 300 leading experts, scientists and sport leaders will descend on Toronto next week for the International Paralympic Committee’s bi-annual VISTA conference, focusing on Paralympic sport science and sport medicine support.
 
This year’s conference is hosted jointly by the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
 
A number of sessions will be open to media throughout the conference, which runs Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 September. Media are invited to attend the following sessions, conduct interviews and capture photo and video:
 
1)     WHAT: Opening Ceremony
WHO: Andrew Parsons, President, International Paralympic Committee; Peter Van de Vliet, Medical and Scientific Director, International Paralympic Committee; Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey (Loughborough University, UK), International Paralympic Committee Scientific Award Winner; Dr. Bob Steadward, Honorary Chair, VISTA 2017 and founding President of the International Paralympic Committee
WHEN: Wednesday 20 September: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Ballroom, Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W. Toronto M5G1Z4
 
2)     WHAT: Keynote Address: More Than Just a Game: The Public Health Impact of Sport and Physical Activity for Individuals with an Impairment
WHO: Dr. Cheri Blauwet, Harvard Medical School, USA
WHEN: Thursday 21 September: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Churchill Ballroom, Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W. Toronto M5G1Z4
 
3)     WHAT: Keynote Address: Technology and the Paralympics: Current Capabilities and Future Possibilities”
WHO: Dr. Rory Cooper, Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology, University of Pittsburgh, USA
WHEN: Friday 22 September: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Churchill Ballroom, Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W. Toronto M5G1Z4
 
4)     WHAT: Gala Ceremony (poster awards and announcing host of VISTA 2019)
WHO: Representatives from government, Pfizer Canada Inc., Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
WHEN: Friday 22 September: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Ballroom, Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto M5G 1Z4
 
5)     WHAT: Ontario Day Opening Remarks and Keynote Address: The Paralympic Games and Social Impact: Beyond the Rhetoric
WHO:  Members of government, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and Canadian Paralympic Committee; Keynote – Dr. Laura Misener, Western University, London, Ont., Canada
WHEN: Saturday 23 September: 8:45-10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Fieldhouse, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre & Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, 875 Morningside Ave., Toronto M1C 0C7
 
Media planning to attend are asked to register with Alison Korn / cell 613-298-4927 / email: akorn@paralympic.ca
 
For more information about VISTA 2017: VISTA2017.com
 
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For more information, please contact:
 
Alison Korn
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927
Email: akorn@paralympic.ca
 
Laura Albright
Manager, Communications and Events
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Phone: 416-596-1240 ext. 238 / Cell: 416-801-4778
Email: lalbright@csiontario.ca