100 Day Countdown Celebration

After working on these Games for two years, we were so excited to celebrate our 100 Day Countdown milestone last Thursday. About 500 people joined us and tried some parasports, met some athletes, watched the unveiling of our Games medal design, high fived PACHI, and left excited about our Games.

We couldn’t have asked for better hosts than the Durham District School Board and Pickering High School. The students at our daytime sessions from Lincoln Avenue Public School, St. Francis De Sales Catholic School, Lincoln Alexander Public School, Eagle Ridge Public School, and Pickering High School couldn’t have been more enthusiastic.

Thank you also to partners from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Regional Municipality of Durham, Sport Durham, Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, ParaSport Ontario, and the Abilities Centre. Special thanks to the Oshawa Camera Club for capturing the fantastic photos. Thanks also to Andrew Genge who represented Canada (and Durham Region) at the last Paralympics as a Para Snowboardcross competitor.

And finally, thank you to our Games Organizing Committee and sub-committee members for your commitment, creativity, and capabilities organizing and hosting a gold medal-worthy celebration.

Overview of gym used for 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Volunteer holding volleyball overhead at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Kids trying wheelchair basketball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Volunteer overseeing boccia at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Boy spinning basketball on fingers at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girl sitting in wheelchair at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Boys in wheelchairs high five each other at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Boys playing sitting volleyball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girls and boys playing sitting volleyball 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Children play boccia using ramp at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Young girl trying wheelchair at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Volunteers playing wheelchair basketball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girl shooting basketball in wheelchair at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Pickering High School students playing sitting volleyball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Co-Chair Emmy Iheme welcoming guests at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Randy Wilson welcoming participants 100 Day Countdown Celebration on behalf of Games Champion sponsor, the Durham Region Police Services Board. Brandon Pickard welcomes participants to 100 Day Countdown Celebration on behalf of Games Champion sponsor Central Counties Tourism. Pickering High School student wheeling with basketball on her lap at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Young student in wheelchair passing a basketball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. High School student wheeling with basketball on his lap at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Students playing sitting volleyball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. High school students playing basketball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Students in front of #paramazing balloons at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Students signing welcome sign for Ontario Parasport Games athletes at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girl throwing a boccia ball while other students watch at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Canadian paralympic sitting volleyball player Jamoi Anderson encouraging students at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Sport Chair Christina Swett talks with students at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Two high school volunteers with mascot PACHI at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Games mascot PACHI acting shy. Young boys playing sitting volleyball at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Games Program Manager Lori Talling welcomes guests while PACHI watches at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Paramazing spelled out with balloons. Volunteers in front of paramazing balloons 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Representatives of Their Opportunity sitting in wheelchairs with PACHI at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Co-Chair Don Terry welcoming participants to 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Regional Chair Gerri Lynn O'Connor welcomes participants to 100 Day Countdown Celebration. MPP Lindsey Park welcomes participants to 100 Day Countdown Celebration. MPP Lindsey Park welcomes guests while Games Co-Chair Don Terry watches 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Three volunteers with basketballs under their arms. Boys playing boccia at 100 Day Countdown Celebration.PACHI dancing at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Canadian Paralympian snowboarder Andrew Genge with PACHI and students at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Group of smiling Games volunteers at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girl in wheelchair with basketball on lap at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Games volunteer clapping at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Girl wheeling in wheelchair at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Two volunteers racing in wheelchairs at 100 Day Countdown Celebration. Regional Chair Gerri Lynn O'Connor with PACHI and incoming Regional Chair John Henry 100 Day Countdown Celebration.

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