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FOCUS GROUPS

Flyer for focus group on COVID-19 and physical activity levels

This focus group is based on the questions from this questionnaire:  COVID-19 and physical activity questionnaire

1. How would you describe your physical activity levels before lockdown?

2. How has the Covid-19 lockdown impacted your ability to be physically active? - Have you managed any home based exercise? - What have been the greatest source of help in maintaining some sort of physical activity?

3. Do you feel these restrictions have affected you in any way other than your activity levels? (socially, economically or culturally)

4. How do you feel about the easing of restrictions and being able to get back to exercise/ activity?

We would appreciate participation in the focus groups, you can  simply add your comments, answers, solutions and further questions to this forum or fill in the linked questionnaire. 

 

 

1 2 By juliem 2 weeks 5 days ago
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PROJECT ECHO SPEAKER SERIES

In this series, we invite some leaders in the parasport community to have a conversation with us about the legacies of major parasport events. In this series, we'll address the most pressing topics that impact, threaten, or even bolster these legacies. Among these topics, we will touch on the impact of COVID-19, returning to sports, and media. 

Hosting and the Impact of Major Parasport Games ​​​Adapted Sports Facility Readiness in the post-COVID Environment​​ Media Portrayal of Athletes with Disability and Major Parasport Games​

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Hosting and the impact of Major parasport Games with Caraloyn Trono, Marco DiBuono, and Brian Torrance. Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/user117596467/review/434382722/0ccc0b89cd

On June 11th various members of the parasport community joined us for a happy hour as we discussed Major games' legacies. The conversation was laden, with many valuable points and thought-provoking questions. Join the conversation in this forum.

1 1 By dkamyuka 1 month 3 weeks ago
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We had a conversation with about returning to sport and the access to recreational facilities with Stu McReynolds (Abilities Center), Karen Stintz (Variety Village), and Debbie Low (CSIO).  

Let's continue the conversation. Was there anything you would like to add to what was said?

1 2 By Gymjunkie 1 month 1 week ago
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Please find the link to the full recording for this session here.

Feel free to go into the forum to add any comments or pose any questions. We look forward to adding your voice to the conversation. 

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The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 games may not have come as a surprise to many, but for many athletes, this threw a spanner in the works. My first thought was so much can happen in a year, especially for para athletes with degenerative conditions. 

What were your first thoughts, upon hearing the announcement?

1 5 By Teddy Katz 3 months ago
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ACCESSIBILITY
2 7 By Gymjunkie 1 hour 29 minutes ago
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Transportation to and from a sporting venue can be a difficult task for people with a disability. Let's talk about how easy or difficult it is for you to arrange transport and travel to your preferred sports training/recreation venue. What are some of the constraints that you experience trying to get to and from your sport?

2 7 By Gymjunkie 1 hour 28 minutes ago
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PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS
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Major sporting events like the 2015 Para Pan American Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games have brought much attention to disability in the sporting context. In your opinion, do you think that major games and events help or hinder the advancement of athletes with a disability and the overall Parasport movement ?

 

1 9 By Teddy Katz 3 months ago
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SESSIONS

Session

Post your comments and questions regarding the current Video Content posted on our social media sites. Get immediate responses, and watch us Live on https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/live/ as we read through and reply to your responses. 

 

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How does living in a city that hosted a mega sporting event, affect your ability to participate in recreational sports? What can cities do to address these challenges? 

For more context, watch the conversation with Julie McElroy on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/?modal=admin_todo_tour

We would love to hear from you, use this forum to voice your opinions, and share your experiences. 

1 3 By juliem 2 months ago
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Speaking with Julie McElroy, Dr. Gayle McPherson and Adam Purdy about recreational sport participation and inclusion post the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Julie makes some good points about being a volunteer at the Games.

Have you volunteered at either the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games or the Glasgow 2014 Games?

What do you remember most about the experience?

What did they do right? What could they improve?

For more context, watch the conversation with Julie McElroy on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/?modal=admin_todo_tour

We would love to hear from you, use this forum to voice your opinions, and share your experiences. 

1 1 By dkamyuka 2 months ago
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Project Echo Introduction Session: https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/live/

Watch the video posted on our social media pages, featuring Adam Purdy, and Principle researchers Laura Misener, and David McGillivray. 

Use this forum to comment and pose questions to the team. 

1 5 By lcarlin 3 months 3 weeks ago
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In your opinion, what is the future of parasport events, in light of all we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic? What would you like to see changed or incorporated into parasport events? 

Catch the full video with Dr. David Legg on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/?modal=admin_todo_tour

1 4 By dlegg 3 months 1 week ago
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Live Session 3- Inclusion vs Integration/Event Legacy/High Performance Athletes

Watch the video on https://www.facebook.com/projectecho2020/?modal=admin_todo_tour to join the conversation on what it takes to be an elite high-performance athlete, with a disability. 

1 1 By dkamyuka 2 months 4 weeks ago
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#FLASHBACK FRIDAYS

Walk down memory lane with us, as we look back to past games and reflect on their subsequent legacies. Share your own memories and opinions around participation opportunities, accessibility, and inclusion that have resulted from these games. 

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ARE YOU READY? https://youtu.be/8fz1ePUo00g via @YouTube Remember this song? What did having A Tribe Called Red's song as the theme song for the 2015 Parpan Am games mean to you? Has enough been done to include indigenous culture and people of indigenous heritage, in the parasport? 

 

 

1 1 By dkamyuka 1 month 2 weeks ago
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It’s been 5 years since Toronto hosted the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games, when TO2015 CEO Saäd Rafi said that “The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games truly captivated and transformed our imaginations…our community demonstrated that we embrace diversity and inclusion.”

Does the community embrace diversity and inclusion, particularly in the sports and recreation area? Does this statement resonate as true? What does diversity and inclusion look like to you? Let us know your thoughts and experiences.

1 1 By bcorrigan 1 month 3 weeks ago
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This year, we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Canadian Paralympic Committee president Marc-André Fabien reflects on these events by remembering their "phenomenal example and steward of inclusion" and "look[s] forward to seeing that growth continue for many decades" (source). 

 
1 1 By tsutherland 2 months 4 weeks ago
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In 2018, a report on the host city volunteers indicated that those who volunteered and self-identified as having a disability or long term condition had increased their level of connectedness. Here is a link to the report: https://prodglportalv2.azureedge.net/media/2419/hcv-legacy-2018.pdf

Did you volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games or the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games? Does this statement resonate as true? What does increased connectedness look like for you? 

in 2018, a report on the Host city volunteers indicated that those who volunteered and self-identified as having a disability or long term condition, had increased their level of connectedness. Did you volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games or the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games? Does this statement resonate as true? What does increased connectedness look like for you?

1 1 By dkamyuka 2 months 1 week ago
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Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games was said to set a "new benchmark for inclusivity", hosting a record number of Parasport events and medals. As well as, making the accessibility of their venues a priority. 

1 3 By LCArchery 2 months ago
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INCLUSION
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Where do we draw the line as to what constitutes ugly and beautiful in the world of social media? Given the current circumstances perhaps more people with disabilities will be using social media to stay connected. What would you do if you got your content removed or barred from Tik Toc simply because of a visible disability?

 

1 3 By juliem 3 months 1 week ago
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As many Canadians and people around the world are now experiencing social distancing practices, how are you coping with the isolation? Has having a disability helped prepare you for social distancing and difficult isolation ?

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MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS (SPORT RELATED)
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MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS (NON-SPORT RELATED)
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We had a conversation with about returning to sport and the access to recreational facilities with Stu McReynolds (Abilities Center), Karen Stintz (Variety Village), and Debbie Low (CSIO).  

Let's continue the conversation. Was anything you would like to add to what was said?

Stu McReynolds made a good point about social distancing and pieces that facilities should consider.

How can facilities distinguish between physical distancing and social distancing? Is this distinction important?

 

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