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ROWONTARIO and the Argonaut Rowing Club are proud to announce a collaborative PARA project. The pilot project is supported by our partners at CSIO, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Rowing Canada Aviron. ROWONTARIO has played a prominent role in facilitating this project and bringing stakeholders together.

The pilot started on July 1st and runs through to September 30th and will focus on several already identified NextGen PARA athletes. These athletes have been identified by Kayla Cornale, RCA Para Rowing Development Lead and will work towards successful participation at this Septembers National Rowing Championships in Burnaby, BC.

“On behalf of the Ontario Parasport Collective, we are pleased to support the Argonauts Rowing Club, ROWONATRIO and Rowing Canada, who are working together to develop important new coaching and training support for Para athletes. We would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation who continues to provide ongoing leadership and financial support. This is an excellent example of partnership between community leaders, working together to build an aligned Para sport system across the province of Ontario” – Karen O’Neil – CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“The Argonaut Rowing Club (ARC) is excited to announce our new partnership with RCA and ROWONTARIO on the Canadian National Para-Rowing program. In 2019, the ARC made deliberate investments in barrier-free design that transforms the ARC into a facility that promotes equal participation for all athletes and our community. This new partnership will help us showcase our commitment and support for para-rowing and drive social inclusion for our sport.” – Jason van Ravensway – President, Argonaut Rowing Club.

The project will also see a “Try it Day” in late July open to all Para athletes looking to try para rowing. Argonaut Para coach Killian O’Shea will lead this project supported as needed by John Wetzstein, RCA Para Rowing Lead Coach.

“We are very excited to be working collaboratively with the Toronto Argonauts Rowing Club, ROWONTARIO and CSIO towards Para Development in Toronto. The hiring of Killian O’Shea will help support the pathway for NextGen athletes as well as development and recruitment at large” – Kayla Cornale.

 “On behalf of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, we are pleased to be actively involved in the Para Sport Collective, engaging with our sport partners, ROWONTARIO, Rowing Canada Aviron and the Argonaut Rowing Club, to facilitate high performance discussion, strategy and implementation of high performance para rowing programming within Ontario. This three-way partnership demonstrates pathway alignment that has been performance centered, NSO and PSO driven and Club supported. I look forward to witnessing the short and long-term impact that this project will have on the para rowing community in the GTA and across the province” – Murray McCullough – High Performance Athlete Development Advisor, CSIO

ROWONTARIO looks forward to working closely with Coach O’Shea and the Argonaut Rowing Club to help drive this project and maximise the effect of the pilot for the identified NextGen athletes. We hope also, to build upon the momentum created by this program to the aid of para athletes across the province.