Up and coming Para-athletes from nations set to compete in next year's Parapan American Games in Toronto are to receive specialised equipment in the coming weeks from Canadian organisers.
The marketplace provides specialised wheelchairs designed to take punishing hits in basketball skirmishes and highly sought goalball equipment among many other the items which are hoped will develop Para-sport in nations across the Americas.
"Our athletes are beyond excited to come and compete in Toronto, but the 2015 Parapan Am Games are about more than what happens next August," said Siomara Olmedo, Chef de Mission for the Ecuador team.
"Thanks to Canada, I'm taking home athletics, boccia, table tennis, football five-a-side and goalball equipment from the marketplace, which will help engage young people with disabilities in Ecuador to get involved in sport and their communities.
"It will make a huge difference in their lives."
Once the Chef de Missions have made their selections, the equipment will be shipped as far away as Chile and to Caribbean island nations with the support of Schenker of Canada, official logistics supplier of the Toronto 2015 Games.
"The Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games are set to make history on a number of fronts," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive of Toronto 2015.
"Not only will they be the largest Parapan Am broadcast ever in Canada, these Games will leave a legacy in the Americas through a number of innovative programs, such as our Sport Equipment Fund and our coaching programs.
"Together, with our Canadian and international partners, we are working to spread the Paralympic Movement and encourage people of all ages and abilities to be healthy and active."
The marketplace was established in coordination with the Chef de Mission's first mass visit to Toronto to see first-hand where their athletes will train, compete and live from August 7 until 15, 2015.
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