ParaTough Cup: Home Edition starts tomorrow ©ParaTough Cup

The Paralympic Foundation of Canada is to introduce a remote version of its ParaTough Cup this month, with the format changing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a bid to encourage people across the country to keep active and learn about Para-sport, the "ParaTough Cup: Home Edition" will start tomorrow (October 9), raising funds to provide more opportunities for people with a disability to try sport.

"As we are not able to gather in person right now, we are excited to make this year's edition of ParaTough Cup nationwide and for Canadians to have the chance to experience activities that have been inspired by Para-sport and hopefully have some fun with it," said Dean Brokop, director of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.

"Everyone in Canada should have access to sport, and funds raised through ParaTough Cup are critical to growing sport opportunities for people with a disability.

"Thank you in advance to everyone who supports ParaTough Cup this year; your support is so valued and is making a difference in the lives of many athletes with a disability."

The ParaTough Cup first began in 2017 in Toronto, with the event taking place in four cities in Canada.

Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver have also been used to stage in-person events.

In early 2020, the ParaTough Cup crossed the CAD1 million (£585,000/$755,000/€643,000) threshold for funds raised when its final event held prior to the pandemic was held.

This home edition will allow anyone to take part by trying any of three adapted sport challenges, inspired by sitting volleyball, Para-ice hockey and wheelchair basketball.

Each challenge is designed to be completed safely in either a house or a local park.

Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games gold medallist Tara Llanes demonstrated the wheelchair basketball challenge, Rio 2016 Paralympian Shacarra Orr sitting volleyball and three-time Paralympic medallist Billy Bridges Para-ice hockey.

"ParaTough Cup is such an exciting event and the home edition is an awesome chance for everybody to get a little taste of how challenging yet incredibly fun Para-sport is," Llanes said.

"I really encourage people to try it out for themselves.

"Sport has been my life and all people with a disability in this country should have the chance to play or compete - whether it's getting out there to be healthy and active or compete at a high level and represent Canada like me."

The top five fundraisers will receive a ParaTough Cup: Home Edition trophy.