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Minister Qualtrough visits Special Olympics Ontario Rowing Program at Ottawa Rowing Club in support of community-based physical activity projects

OTTAWA, ON, June 14, 2024 /CNW/ - Being physically active helps to improve our physical and mental health. Regular physical activity can also help to prevent chronic disease. That's why the Government of Canada is proud to invest in community-based initiatives that are providing more Canadians with opportunities to get physically active.

Through Budget 2023, the Public Health Agency of Canada committed $10 million over two years towards  ParticipACTION's Let's Get Moving initiative. Part of this initiative includes the Community Challenge program that encourages everyone to get active throughout the month of June.

The Community Challenge provides organizations across Canada with grants to support physical activity programming. Earlier this week, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, visited the Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Ottawa Area Rowing Program at the Ottawa Rowing Club.

Through their Community Challenge grant Special Olympics Ontario, in partnership with the Ottawa Rowing Club, is providing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience rowing and participate in team sport. During its inaugural season in 2023, the program welcomed 11 participants and looks forward to reaching even more participants this year. 


"The more we move, the better we feel. Our government is proud to partner with ParticipACTION to support organizations like Special Olympics Ontario and the Ottawa Rowing Club in providing opportunities to get physically active across Canada. Through initiatives like the Community Challenge, ParticipACTION is raising awareness and helping more Canadians lead healthier, happier and longer lives."

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Physical Activity

"National initiatives, like the Community Challenge, that reduce barriers and create opportunities for everyone to get active are critical to building stronger, healthier and connected communities. We welcome this investment and look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada and other partners to engage as many individuals and organizations as possible to support people in getting active where they live, learn, work and play."

Laura Richard
Chair, ParticipACTION Board of Directors

"We are honoured to be a ParticipACTION Community Challenge grant recipient for our Special Olympics Rowing Program this summer. This program marks the first time that rowing has ever been a Special Olympics sport in Canada, and support for inclusive sport and physical activity initiatives and programs can have an incredibly positive impact throughout Canada and beyond. We can't wait to see this program grow and we hope other rowing clubs will feel encouraged to develop Special Olympics programs of their own!"

Marley Mullan
Program Founder and Lead Coach, Ottawa Rowing Club

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