BDB launches sporting network


Armed with a $141,000 grant, the local Breaking Down Barriers is living up to its name.

Last week, what's being called "a new sporting body for youth and adults with disabilities" was launched at the Collingwood Curling Club.

The Integrated Sports and Leisure Network will be offering Boccia Ball and wheelchair curling at the facility, along with other sports. Over the last year to 18 months the club has been retrofitted to make it more accessible, so it was the location of choice for the new program, project coordinator Mike Clark said.

"Developing sports and leisure activities for youth and adults with disabilities in our own community is vital for the health and well-being of our area and the people who live in it," he said.

The money is a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and will be managed by a partnership committee struck between the club and Breaking Down Barriers.

"This is another example of the Ontario Trillium Fund making an investment in our community," Simcoe- Grey MPP Jim Wilson said. "Over the last few years, a dedicated group of people worked tirelessly to turn the Network into a reality. It will have a positive impact on sports and recreation activities both here and throughout the South Georgian Bay area."

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