September 28 - Canada's Paralympics are set to celebrate the country's sports day, with gold medal winning swimmers Summer Mortimer and Stephanie Dixon among the athletes involved in promoting disability sport.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is inviting people to experience disability sport, whether as an athlete or official through Paralympic.ca/getinvolved, and the Sports Day marks one month since the start of the Games in London at the end of August.
Mortimer (pictured top) competed at her first Paralympics this summer in London, winning two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in the S10 category.
She transitioned from competitive trampolining and swimming to para-swimming, following a competitive trampolining accident that required pins to be put into her legs
Mortimer won more medals than any other Canadian Paralympian, and will appear live on television on the Play On! Street Hockey Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
"London was my first Paralympic Games and it was an amazing experience that really blew away my expectations," said the 19-year-old.
"Now that I'm home, I'm finding more and more people have become aware of parasport and are following the Canadian Paralympic Team.
"I'm so excited now to help keep up the momentum and be part of increasing the awareness about the opportunities in sport for people with a disability.
"My dream is to inspire more people to get involved."
Dixon, winner of seven gold medals, eight silver and two bronze at the three Paralympics from Sydney 2000 to Beijing 2008 in the S9 class after being born with one leg, will be appearing on a CBC broadcast from Whitehorse in Yukon.
"The London 2012 Paralympic Games set new records every day - competition records, attendance records, records for media coverage and records for Paralympic spirit," said Henry Storgaard, chief executive of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"Sports Day in Canada is a fantastic opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate and embrace the power of sport, strengthen our national spirit and encourage healthy, active living.
"With only three per cent of Canadians with a disability currently involved in organised sport, recruitment and awareness will be key to building Canada's medal potential as we prepare for future Games."
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