Immediate Release: March 17, 2010
At the close of the Paralympic Games, COPE Park Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock and City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth are bringing forward “True Sport” motions to the March 22 Park Board meeting, and March 25 City Council standing committee meeting.
“In 2006, the Vancouver Park Board, on behalf of the City, took on the leadership role in the development of the Vancouver National Sport Strategy, working with many organizations and individuals, to foster sport and active living in Vancouver ” explains Commissioner Woodcock. “The Olympics are over and we are near the end of the Paralympics. Their success in terms of the importance of sport to Canadians mirrors the True Sport national movement for sport and community. The Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver need to be recognized as leaders in the True Sport movement”.
Adds Councillor Woodsworth, “City Council supported the Vancouver Sport for Life endeavour, and this True Sport motion is about the value of inclusion, in order to help sport live up to it’s full potential as a public asset in Canadian culture."
The True Sport movement is enthusiastically supported by athletes such as Paul Gautier, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 Paralympian – Gold medal and Bronze medal winner. "Sport has influenced my life in more ways than I can count," says Paul Gautier. "Through fair and inclusive competition I learned that I could do anything that I put my mind to. While representing Canada, I have been able to show people with disabilities that they can fully participate in society. I love to share my experiences with others, especially kids. I encourage them to get out there and try everything – to have fun while learning valuable life lessons.”
Adding to the momentum behind the True Sport movement is Paul Melia, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. “The evidence clearly indicates that in order to get the most out of sport and recreation, the sport we do must be good sport – built on the values of excellence, fair play, fun and inclusion – True Sport. We are asking the leaders of our communities to harness the power of sport within their communities and join the True Sport Movement,” stated Mr. Melia. “By declaring themselves a True Sport community, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreations have the power to provide the sport and recreation the Vancouver community wants."