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2012-12-10

A day in the life of a Paralympian

OTTAWA -December 10, 2012 – Paralympic medalist Jason Dunkerley and his guide Josh Karanja will lead young people with disabilities and able bodied participants of the partnered "Run, (Wheel), Jump, Throw" program through a typical Paralympian's training session complete with warm-up exercises and skills development. To top it off, children will have the chance to experience running blindfolded with a guide. After the workout, the two Paralympians will hand out certificates to all participants and will answer questions from children and their parents.

 

WHAT: Run, (Wheel), Jump, Throw Paralympic event – A day in the life of a Paralympian

WHO: Silver and Bronze medalists Jason Dunkerley and his guide Josh Karanja

Children with disabilities and participants of the Ottawa Lions Club between the ages of 7 to 13 years old participating in the Run, Jump, Throw program designed to develop children's fundamental movement skills and abilities

Joe Burke, Ottawa Lions Club program coordinator

Emily Glossop, OCTC recreational therapist, program facilitator

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Louis Riel Dome, 1659 Bearbrook Road, Ottawa

Road map | Dôme @ Louis-Riel

This event is organized by the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre. OCTC is a leader in providing bilingual, specialized care for children and youth with multiple, developmental and associated behavioural needs. OCTC's Recreational Therapy program has partnered with the Ottawa Lion's Club and has adapted Athletics Canada's "Run, Jump, Throw" program to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities.

Creating opportunities today,

Maximizing independence tomorrow.

For more information on this event, please contact Evelyne Paulauskas at epaulauskas@octc.ca, or 613-688-2126 ext. 4316

To find out more about OCTC, visit www.octc.ca.

About Jason Dunkerley

Jason has worked at the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability since 2008, coordinating a campaign called All Abilities Welcome, which supports the participation of Canadians with disabilities in community recreation programming. He is also a founding member of Achilles Ottawa, a running club formed as a community of support for blind and visually impaired runners in the city. Sport has played a meaningful part in Jason's own life and he believes physical activity can make a transformative difference in the lives of people of all abilities. Born with a congenital eye condition, Jason attended a school for blind students where sports were encouraged and it was here that Jason took up competitive running with the help of a guide runner. It was in university that Jason qualified for his first national Para Athletics team in 1998. He has since represented Canada on the track at four Paralympic Games, recently returning from the London Paralympic Games where he and guide runner Josh Karanja captured bronze in the T11 1500 metres and silver in the 5000 metres for totally blind athletes. Jason has lived in Ottawa since 2003 and has been married to his wife Colleen for six years.

About Josh (Joshua) Karanja

Josh was born in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to Canada at the age of 11. Settling in Ottawa, he attended Nepean High School. Although he participated competitively in a number of sports, it was
running that he began to take seriously, training and competing with the Ottawa Lions. Eventually it would land him a track scholarship to Eastern Michigan University. Josh would go on to become an All-American, finishing sixth in the 3000 metre steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Championships. In 2009
also, Josh represented Canada at the Francophonie Games held in Lebanon. He has run personal bests of 3:46 (1500m), 8:37 (3000m steeplechase), and 14:11 (5000m). Upon returning to Ottawa after graduating with a Masters in Public Administration in 2011, Josh connected with his high
school coach, Ian Clark, who introduced him to blind runner Jason Dunkerley. Jason was in search of a guide runner at that time and Josh agreed to help him. Together with Ian Clark as their coach, the team of Josh and Jason set their sights on the London Paralympic Games, where they would go on to capture 1500m bronze and 5000m silver.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344