In the 9th episode of Sport, Leadership and Social Change webinar series, we'll be discussing Olympism and Paralympism with a focus on equity, access, and the true meaning of sport.
The Olympic Values are excellence, respect, and friendship - these values constitute the foundation on which the Olympic Movement builds its activities to promote sport, culture, and education with a view to building a better world. As the Games enter the final week of competition, and after a short breather, we can look forward to another two weeks of exciting competition during the Paralympic Games.
We can learn from sport and from athletes. Sport honours differences while striving for unity and shared purpose - a lesson for the world. Sport teaches us to learn from failure, to win with grace, to remain composed through adversity, and to be patient with crisis because we can always find our way.
Joining host Dr. Jennifer Walinga for this episode are panelists:
- Meghan Montgomery, teacher, coach, and para rower competing at the Rio Games in the mixed coxed 4+ rowing event where her Canadian crew won the bronze medal.
- Samantha Heron, para coach and recruiter for Rowing Canada Aviron, and current grad student at Royal Roads University investigating cultural value conflicts within the sport system. We will reflect on some of the key stories emerging from the Games to date, and discuss the role and evolution of the upcoming Paralympic Games, the Parasport Movement, and its intersection with other human rights efforts across the globe.
- Gail Hamamoto, Vice President of the CPC Board of Directors will give her perspective on the advances in para sport, her hopes for the Games, and the role that media and communication can play in challenging barriers and moving para sport participation and accessibility forward.
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