With my week as the Medical Lead for the ParaPan Am Games now come and gone, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience.
I came away with the following observations:
- The performances of ALL the Parapan Athletes I observed were way more impressive in person than I could’ve imagined. Specifically, the Boccia players regularly made shots and overcame physical obstacles to wow the audience and their opponents.
- The spirit and positive attitudes of the volunteers was above and beyond the call of duty. The people of Toronto and surrounding area, and the international volunteers, should be very proud.
- The Abilities Centre is a truly awesome building. If you haven’t been there you should go. If you own a business are want ideas of how to comply with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) you will be impressed. Check out this checklist for more on complying with AODA.
- South American fans are fun to watch. Win or lose, their fans could be heard singing throughout the week and you could tell they were all thrilled to be experiencing Toronto 2015.
- You don’t need to be paid to be compensated well. Volunteering gives you a lot of positives…but it doesn’t give you money (obviously). Although this may be the major reason many people choose not to volunteer, all I can say is that if you have never done it, you’re missing out. I don’t have the space to explain why you should volunteer here, but I can say it’s something everyone should experience. Whether or not you’ve volunteered before, check out Spark Ontario to help you start/continue your volunteer journey. Here you can explore volunteering opportunities in your area and get notice of future events requiring your help.
- I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought…I never do. See below: