Ambassadors

One of ParaSport Ontario's most valued assets is our Athlete Ambassadors. Enthusiastic and passionate for parasport, when not on the court, field or ice, they are supporting the parasport community by helping others find a sport or activity for them.

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Ambassadors

Claire Buchanon

Claire Buchanon

Born with spina bifida, besides sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball Claire has also participated in track and field, winning (OFSAA) and Ontario Games medals. At the University of Alabama, she won two National titles in wheelchair basketball. Currently, she’s a member of the women’s National sledge hockey team.
Jamoi Anderson

Jamoi Anderson

After recovering from his injury, Jamoi still had the drive to compete in sports. His friends introduced him to sitting volleyball. He represented Canada at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games and the 2013 Pan Am Championships, his teams capturing the bronze medal at both events. Now he wants to show others the power of parasport.
Jolan Wong

Jolan Wong

“Parasport has given me a level playing field with athletes who face similar adversities as I do. Seeing athletes with physical impairments push their mind and body beyond what most on-lookers perceive to be possible is a motivator within itself. Being part of the parasport community has opened so many doors, even in situations outside of sport."
Renee Foessel

Renee Foessel

A decorated track and field athlete, Renee represented Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She got her start in sports at the Erinoak Kids Centre playing baseball and took up sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball and track and field with Cruisers Sports. “No matter what, try the best you can, and push past your comfort level.”
Tiffany Gaudette

Tiffany Gaudette

Tiffany competes in discus, javelin, and shot put at the national level. She also participates in wheelchair racing, sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball recreationally. She runs a multi-sport program for children with disabilities and their siblings. Her message: “Anything is possible with hard work and out-of-the-box thinking. Take risks.”
Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker is a sitting volleyball player for Team Canada. His goal is to motivate and inspire people who have acquired a disability, like he did. “You may feel that you’ll never be who you were, but in reality, that’s the furthest from the truth. Apply yourself and get the help you need, and you can be even better.”
Darek Symonowicz

Darek Symonowicz

During his rehab after his amputation, Darek was introduced to sitting volleyball and fell in love with parasport. He joined the men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team in 2012. He also swims, cycles, rock climbs, and plays wheelchair basketball. Darek really enjoys showing people with disabilities what is possible after a life-changing moment.
Jesse Buckingham

Jesse Buckingham

Always a sports enthusiast, Jesse made it his goal after his injury to be active and pursue a career in parasport. That same summer he was on the court trying sitting volleyball for the first time, and was quickly named to the national team. Jesse’s message is simple, “having a disability is not going to stop me, and it doesn’t have to stop anybody.”
Tracy Schmitt

Tracy Schmitt

A positive attitude, perseverance and resourcefulness are Tracy’s keys to life. That attitude has helped propel her up the mountains of Nepal, captain a 110-foot tall ship in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, and win bronze at the ParaSport Provincial Games in alpine skiing. Her story is one of positivity and commitment.
Alexandra Creighton

Alexandra Creighton

Alexandra is a national alpine skier with the Alpine Ontario Para Racing Team. She found parasport when she was 10 years old and has been skiing ever since. Alexandra says she can ski better than she can walk. “I love the freedom of skiing and being part of a team with a great group of people.”